Concrete Driveway Services
Industrial concrete is an extremely versatile material in construction. It’s being used in foundations, parking lots and driveways for commercial and residential properties, instead of an asphalt driveway or parking lot. Learn more about how a concrete driveway can benefit your home.
Durability and Safety
The material of your driveway needs to handle any kind of vehicle without crushing under the pressure. Concrete is a material that gets stronger the longer it stays on the driveway. Your driveway will last for years without needing significant repairs. Durability leads to safety. With an asphalt driveway, you may experience potholes, which put your guests at risk for falls. When concrete is well-installed, it does not get potholes.
Concrete is a durable material that will be easy to maintain. Once the concrete construction is finished, you will have to wash off the dirt regularly. This can be done with a high-pressure hose. You will need to trim the grass along the edges of the concrete, too. About every two years, you should reapply the sealer. Ask your installer about the best products to use during the winter season, which can be the hardest on your concrete driveway. Sand is generally recommended over chemicals or salts.
Concrete doesn’t have to be a gray slab in front of your home. Using staining and stamping techniques, you can create a beautiful design in your driveway. Because you’re not using spaced pavers, you won’t have to deal with vegetation creeping into your driveway or cracking and repairs. You can get tile, brick or stone patterns without the expense. It can really add to the value of your home when your driveway gets a facelift.
Concrete is typically more affordable than brick or tile, but you can still get the look you want. Installation costs are also less because there isn’t so much detail that goes into a driveway made of concrete over installing brick or stone. Concrete can imitate the appearance of just about any material you want. Over time, concrete saves money on repairs and maintenance.
Sustainability of an Asphalt Driveway
Industrial concrete is much more eco-friendly than asphalt. The materials are renewable and often utilize recycled materials in the aggregate. Your concrete driveway lasts two to three times longer than an asphalt driveway. When it is at the end of its life, the concrete can be recycled. And many people don’t realize that your concrete driveway will reflect more light than asphalt and other materials. You can save energy because you don’t need as much night-time lighting. In addition, light-colored concrete doesn’t absorb heat like asphalt or brick, making your yard more comfortable when the sun does heat up.
Work With an Expert
A professionally installed concrete driveway lasts a long time. Properly positioned joints allow the concrete to expand and contract without cracking. A good seal prevents stains and absorption of oil and grease. Don’t neglect your driveway and it will last for years.
Get more information about concrete driveway construction when you contact G&G Concrete & Construction. With over 20 years of experience installing driveways in southeast Michigan, we can help you transform your driveway into a showpiece that adds curb appeal and will withstand the elements.