A driveway can say a lot about a home, and in some way, it’s the centrepiece of the front of your house. Most of us have one, and of course, we all want them to look good. If you are on the hunt for what would be the best driveway for you, naturally concrete is up there in the discussion.
You might have bought a home and want a new driveway, or maybe you want it refinished, maybe your building and will need a new driveway laid, whatever it is we are here to help.
In this article, I want to go through a few tips on the benefits of a concrete driveway and why we feel a concrete driveway is an ideal choice for you. Of course, we are a little biased, and to us that’s fine. This article is to give you our thoughts and the benefits and reasons behind it.
When you’re starting the initial stages of planning your driveway, there’s a bit to think about and sort out. What’s its purpose, I know that might sound a little odd, but you want to know beforehand what you want out of your driveway.
You want to consider the look, meaning the finish, is it going to be a plain, pattern or coloured or even an aggregated finish. What type of traffic will it be taking, any heavy cars or trucks?
What about the length, the width, and how many cars do you want to fit. Is it a two-car or single driveway?
Are there going to be any side sections? What about matching it with your home and the surroundings. These days there’s more to it than just pouring a concrete driveway.
Having said all that there is the consideration of other materials as I mentioned at the start. So should you go for a concrete finish or a stone finish, what about pavers, or gravel? There’s a bit to consider isn’t there.
That being said, there’s one material that we feel has more benefits than the rest, and I don’t think it’s going to take a genius to work out what material, that would be concrete of course.
Let’s take a look at the benefits and the advantages of having a concrete driveway.
Concrete Driveway Benefits
When it comes to any decision, one of the main driving factors to making a decision usually comes down to your budget and what you’re willing to invest. Affordability is a big one, isn’t it?
Concrete is one of the most affordable materials on the market, especially when you consider the lifespan of concrete, and this is especially the case for a driveway where there is usually heavy traffic in the form of ongoing car use.
Concrete is a simple mix of sand, water, gravel and the concrete mix and those materials by themselves are not that expensive, considering as I said they go a long way.
Let’s look at this from another angle. Compare concrete to other materials such as pavers. It doesn’t matter the type they all represent the same thing; some are cheaper than others, depending on what paver they are. What I’m getting at here is the difference in labour costs. Pavers compared to concrete take a lot longer to lay; this means labour is going to be a lot more. Hence pavers being a more expensive option.
The ideal finish
If you decide to use us as your preferred Launceston concreting company, you’ll get to experience our amazing concrete finishes and how they come up once done. Nowadays it’s amazing the finish you can get out of concrete, and the best thing is you’ll have this finish for years to come.
The reality is over the years you’ll get some fading, and that’s expected when you have ongoing heavy cars using it every day. The great thing is you can also apply a sealer to your driveway every year or so and they will not only protect it but keep that glossy finish as well.
Concrete had that durability factor as well, its incredibility strong. I’ve mentioned it before, but you only have to look at our major highways and buildings to see the durability concrete can give. If it weren’t they wouldn’t be using it that’s for sure. At least you’ll know you’ll be getting a very strong and durable driveway.
Nowadays, concrete can be a very versatile product to use. Let’s look at two examples. As concrete is a liquid form at the start, you can mould it to the shape you want, the second it the type of finish you want, coloured, pattern, aggregate finishes and all options you can look at.
The Design Possibilities
As I just mentioned above. One of the biggest benefits or advantages of concrete is the designs available. Let’s take a look at a few.
- Coloured Concrete. Whether it’s a colour you have added to the concrete or it’s painted on, you have plenty of options. If this is something you want to explore, we’ll be happy to assist with the colour design.
- Stamped Concrete. This is a method of adding a print finish to the top of the concrete. You can also go for a textured finish. You can go for a brick, slate, stone or even wood finish. You can get the finish you want without the price tag.
- Exposed Aggregate. This is when you leave the concrete exposed. It’s a great way to add a non-slip finish to your driveway.
- Stencilled Concrete. This is one way you can have complete design control over how your driveways look. You can take a blank design and create the custom design you want. We can talk about this option when you’re ready to move forward.
- Plain: With a quality pour, and a good sealer, a plain concrete driveway looks impressive and is a design element in its own right.
Concrete also offers you the benefit of low maintenance, and with how we are with time, this has to be a bonus. Although every so often it doesn’t hurt to give it scrub and wash it down.
On top of that every 5-7 years, you can reseal your driveway, this, of course, helps with the longevity of your driveway. Just like anything, if you look after it, you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.
Compare the maintenance factor to other materials like pavers, and you’ll see there’s a big difference. Pavers have spaces between them that allow weeds to grow. That factor alone can be a game-changer.
So looking at all the facts, you can see how a concrete finished driveway for your Launceston home is a real winner.