When homeowners are considering ways to improve and update the exterior of their homes, a new driveway is one of the first major projects they take on. Besides creating a pathway to your home, a new driveway will also provide a smooth surface for cars. Therefore, it is critical to understand that the driveway is usually subjected to a lot of pressure and the rate of wear and tear on the driveway will be higher than in other parts of your home that receive foot traffic. This can be attributed to the weight and friction that is usually generated by vehicles of different descriptions.
Concrete driveways are quite common nowadays mainly due to the strength and durability concrete offers; which is exactly what most people desire in a driveway. Here are the benefits of having a concrete driveway?
1. Versatility especially in design
Concrete driveways are not confined to flat slab finishes and slate grey colors. Your concrete driveway can be dyed any color to provide an eye-catching and unique addition to your home. Moreover, concrete can be textured and polished to offer further flexibility in design. This makes concrete more versatile than most driveway materials. Concrete can also be pattern stamped to make it look like tile, cobblestone, brick or other patterns. Since concrete can be stained in an array of colors, a concrete driveway can enhance curb appeal by adding character and warmth to your home’s exterior.
Whether you own a large SUV or subcompact car, your car weighs hundreds or thousands of pounds. Concrete is a highly functional material especially when it comes to long term structural integrity and strength. This is the main reason why most parking lots, roadways and bridges are constructed from concrete. A Concrete driveway can last up to thirty years or even more with minimal maintenance. It needs repair, refinishing and replacement less frequently than gravel and asphalt driveways. On the other hand, concrete does not need resealing or resurfacing and it’s easier to clear dirt and snow off the drive.
3. Concrete is a cost efficient option
The initial cost of installing a concrete driveway is not the cheapest, the maintenance cost is quite low over its lifetime and this means that it works out cheaper than most materials in the long term.
4. Concrete reflects lights
This is an added benefit to homeowners because the ability to reflect light generally means that you require less electrical lighting to keep your home illuminated especially at night. This might also deter intruders. Moreover, concrete stays cool even in summer because of its light color.
5. Simple maintenance
Maintaining concrete driveways is relatively simple because stains can be removed with a mild soap and warm water. For difficult stains you can scrub the area with dry granular cleaner. However, if you choose to install a polished concrete driveway, you may need to apply a tropical sealant on a regular basis in order to protect the finish. Moreover, buffing can restore lost shine and luster.