All About Concrete Driveways
You can call them concrete driveways or you can call them cement driveways, they are both the very same. And it wasn’t all that long ago when you had two choices for a driveway: Concrete or asphalt. Modern concrete driveway choices have expanded dramatically to include such options as stamped concrete driveways, colored concrete driveways, and decorative concrete driveways. Indeed, a decorative concrete driveway is a great way to spruce up the look of your property, and it certainly beats the drab and industrial look of an asphalt driveway.
While plain gray concrete is still the most popular choice when having a new driveway installed, homeowners are realizing more and more that a decorative driveway is the way to go. Whether you choose a colored concrete driveway or a driveway with stamped concrete, you enjoy instant curb appeal, and jealous neighbors, no doubt.
Do I Need a New Driveway?
While concrete driveways will last several decades, they are not meant to last forever. Over time, your driveway will suffer plenty of wear and tear. Weather is a factor that will play a major role in the demise of your driveway. Even your car is to blame, the weight of your vehicle on concrete will eventually break down the structural integrity. Here are a few signs that you need a new driveway.
Puddles of Water– One sign that you need a new driveway is when you see pooling water. If there are puddles of water on your driveway, it indicates that there is a problem with the structural integrity. The pools of water are another problem as they will also lead to further deterioration of your driveway.
Cracks– If you notice that there are cracks forming on your driveway, it is a sign that you need a new one. Small cracks can be repaired, but cracks that are deep and long are a sign of serious damage.
Potholes– Cracks are not a welcome sight, but potholes are ugly and they can cause damage to your vehicle. Think about it; driving over the same potholes in your driveway day after day will wreak havoc on your tires and suspension. Again, small potholes can be repaired, but bigger potholes will only continue to crack off and get wider and deeper.
Fading– Over time, the hot sun beating down on your driveway will cause it to fade. And while you might think that the problem is purely cosmetic, a fading driveway could be in a weakened state. You might want to consider a new driveway.
It’s Old– If you know that your driveway is 40 years old, it might be time to have it replaced. Even though your driveway might not show signs of wear, there is a point in which its life has come to an end.
If you are still unsure as to whether or not you might need a new driveway, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with us and we will be more than happy to honestly access your driveway and determine if you need repairs or possibly a new one.
The Benefits of a Concrete Driveway
If your driveway is showing signs that it needs to be replaced, you might only be thinking about the cost and overlooking the problems it could be causing. A failing driveway is often full of cracks or potholes, it looks aged and faded, and it negatively affects your curb appeal. It can also be a safety hazard, those cracks and holes in your driveway are tripping hazards. In addition, you don’t want to overlook the benefits of having a new concrete driveway installed.
Stamped Concrete Driveways
A stamped concrete driveway offers homeowners many options that are just not possible with other materials. When utilizing stamps and coloring agents, you can create a unique driveway that will impress the neighbors and give your home that “wow” factor. And let’s not forget that your stamped concrete driveway is also affordable, versatile, and durable.
In terms of aesthetics, it is quite hard to top stamped concrete. The sheer number of stamp patterns and colors means your options are only limited by your imagination. You can design a driveway that pairs well with your home, your landscaping, or other aspects of your property. For example, if your home is made of brick, you might want a driveway with a brick pattern, or you could just have a brick pattern border to tie in with your home.