The driveway sits at the entrance of your home, so it's crucial that you maintain it to look its best. One possible paving solution is concrete — the benefits of which are outlined below.
Concrete allows for countless customisation options. For example, contractors can colour the cement mix and apply stains that cause patterns and swirls to form on the surface. As well as colour, they can texture the concrete by pressing moulding stamps onto the unset cement. These stamps are available in many styles, such as stone paver and timber plank textures. Thus, you can mimic expensive substances like granite without paying a high price. Another possibility is to cover the paving with stencils before applying multiple colours to create patterns. With so many possibilities, you'll not have to put up with a drab driveway but can harmonise it with your architecture and landscape. However, you can always lay grey concrete for a minimal look if you prefer.
Concrete is a durable substance, and once you pour it over the driveway area, it will last for many years. Make sure to seal decorative concrete regularly to protect and enhance the lustre and colour. Besides sealing, all it will need is a sweep or spray with a garden hose now and then. The colours and textures of decorative concrete help to disguise oil leaks and stains as well.
Because concrete forms continuous paving, you won't have to worry about weeds sprouting up all over the driveway and creating a messy look. Nor will you have to sacrifice weekend leisure for garden chores.
Concrete forms a safe and secure surface that doesn't wobble or shift as gravel does. In addition, the texture effects of stamped concrete make the paving safer by increasing its traction, so the driveway is less slippery, even in the rain. You can also add anti-slip additives to sealants to increase the traction further.
A major advantage of concrete is how it can be poured into forms to create smoothly curving bends and arcs on the driveway. Of course, contractors can pour concrete to create perfectly straight lines as well. The edges will be smooth regardless of the paving shape.
Thus, concrete driveways offer a range of benefits. You can stylise the paving to create different looks and even mimic expensive natural stone. Concrete is a durable and low maintenance surface. Plus, whether your paving forms an elegant curve or a straight line, the edges will be smooth and even rather than jagged.
For more information about installing a concrete driveway, contact a local contractor.