When it comes to choosing a paving material for your residential driveway installation, there are various options to choose from. But why are concrete driveways a popular choice among homeowners? Concrete driveways offer a unique set of qualities that lend themselves to use in driveway construction. If you're considering installing a driveway on your residential landscape, here's why you should use concrete material.
Concrete driveways are built to last.
A residential driveway is intended to withstand constant vehicular traffic into and out of a home, as well as the vagaries of the weather such as rain, the sun's UV radiation, snow, and extreme temperature conditions. When properly installed and looked after, a concrete driveway can provide many years of service without requiring any major repairs. Much of the repair work carried out throughout the lifespan of a concrete driveway is usually cosmetic rather than structural. The durability of a concrete driveway means you don't have to worry about setting aside funds for a new driveway after every few years.
Concrete driveways don't require much maintenance.
Aside from the occasional repair work that will be performed to maintain the aesthetics of your concrete driveway, not much effort is required to look after the concrete.
Like any spill, it's a good idea to clean motor fluid spills off of the concrete immediately when you spot them. The longer the fluids remain on the concrete, the harder they will be to remove. Clean your driveway regularly to get rid of surface dirt and have it sealed on occasion to protect the surface of the concrete from rain, the sun's UV light, and other inclement elements.
Concrete driveways can be made to look beautiful.
Don't let the plain look of concrete stop you from installing a concrete driveway. These days, concrete pavements come in a wider variety of decorative styles and colors than ever before. Some of the common decorative choices available for concrete driveways include stamped, colored, stained, and textured concrete. The right choice for your home will depend on various factors including your residential landscape features and the architectural style of the home.
Concrete driveways can be fully recycled.
Like other concrete pavements, concrete driveways have a limited lifespan. Fortunately, concrete waste from a demolished driveway can be crushed and used for other purposes. For example, crushed concrete can be used as aggregate for the construction of a new driveway. This helps give old concrete a new lease of life while reducing environmental impact.
Contact a contractor near you to discuss a concrete driveway installation project.Share