Whether you’re buying a new home, or updating your current one, repaving a driveway is a great project to help increase your home’s value. Homeowners often look to pave their driveways with soft materials that match the road, such as asphalt. However, there is another material that homeowners may not consider: concrete. Concrete driveways offer numerous advantages, ranging from its functionality to the variety of design options. If you’re looking to bring new life into your driveway, here are a few reasons why you should consider concrete.
Concrete is an incredibly durable substance, which is likely why it is the single most widely used material in the world with 2 billion tons of concrete manufactured each year. Concrete driveways last longer than other driveway materials, such as asphalt, and are less likely to see cracks or potholes. This makes them ideal for a household with heavy cars, such as a large SUV or truck, which can weigh thousands of pounds. Using concrete creates superior driveways that will likely have a long, useful lifespan of 25 to 50 years, if properly installed and maintained.
Experienced concrete contractors can install a concrete driveway in as little as a few hours, and little maintenance is need once the concrete has dried. Unlike other driveway materials, which need constant resurfacing due to susceptibility of cracks, concrete driveways won’t see any damages for years. Besides repair, the only maintenance a concrete driveway needs is the occasional cleaning, which can be done with your hose and a little bit of soap.
Concrete driveways have a variety of designs and finishes that can be customized to fit your home’s style. Concrete contractors can use concrete slabs to create visually appealing patterns for your driveway, or finish your concrete with a variety of colors to create decorative concrete driveways. Concrete driveways can also be polished or textured, allowing for even more variety in design.