While driveways can be paved with different kinds of materials – some more aesthetically appealing than others – concrete as an option no longer has to look barren and plain. Aside from concrete projects producing minimal waste and increasing the value of your property, if your budget and the weather in the region allows, the use of concrete for a driveway offers numerous other advantages.
Requires Minimal Maintenance
Routine maintenance of a concrete driveway doesn't require much time, work, or expense. In most cases, you can remove stains by scrubbing the concrete with warm water and a mild dish or laundry detergent. You will need to use a scrub brush or grill brush along with a bit of elbow grease.
Scrubbing away more stubborn stains may require the use of a dry, granular cleanser. Kitty litter, baking soda, or cornstarch will do the job as well, since they are absorbent. Cover the stain with the absorbent material you choose and then work it in with a shop broom. Let it set for about an hour before sweeping it up. Non-corrosive, biodegradable driveway cleaning products also are available to remove grease, oil, and tough stains from concrete surfaces without harming plants and lawns.
Provides Strength and Durability
Concrete is a strong, dense material that can withstand the load of vehicles which weigh thousands of pounds. You don't have to deal with potholes, and if properly poured, concrete doesn't crack easily and will last a long time. It's also a non-combustible material that can withstand high temperatures.
The contractor you hire will determine the compressive strength (the ability of the concrete to withstand loads without cracking) appropriate for the climate where you home is located. The use of quality materials and proper construction practices and supports improves the durability of concrete and helps avoid cracking.
Offers Different Design Choices
When it comes to the curb appeal of a concrete driveway, gone are the days of gray, flat slab finishes. Concrete can be dyed most any color to complement your home's landscape design. If you want to add more visual appeal to your home's exterior appearance, you may want to go with a textured finish.
But if textures aren't to your liking, you can give your concrete driveway a polished look by applying a sealant for a finish that adds luster and shine. High quality sealers have functional value as well. They help protect exterior concrete from absorbing moisture, which can cause cracking following multiple seasons of freeze-thaw cycles.
Another option instead of a slab driveway is to use concrete pavers shaped to look like brick, slate, or stone. Concrete pavers are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and designs. Pavers are strong, but if one cracks, you can make repairs easier than if a poured, concrete driveway cracks.
For more information, contact Island Ready-Mix Concrete or a similar company.