Is A Concrete Driveway The Right Choice For Your Home?
Are you considering adding a concrete driveway to your property? If so, there are a few things that you should consider before hiring a contractor.
There are a number of materials that have been used to create driveways over the years: asphalt, gravel and now concrete. Concrete is a commonly used material in areas of the country where climates are milder and where the number of freeze/thaw cycles are generally more limited. The reason for this is because concrete is more rigid than other driveway materials and can crack the concrete over time. In addition, concrete doesn’t withstand the use of de-icers well and will often become damaged under regular use of these chemicals.
Generally speaking, a new concrete driveway can be installed in as little as 2-3 days, assuming that you have chosen a skilled and experienced contractor to complete the installation process. The key to a beautiful and long lasting concrete driveway lies in the quality of the sub-grade preparation that occurs prior to the installation of the driveway. Depending on the conditions where you live, this preparation process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to complete. In addition, you will need to allow your new driveway several days to cure before using it, even more time if you’ve elected to use a stain or have a pattern stamped into the surface.
If you are looking to improve the look and function of an existing/damaged concrete driveway, having it removed and replaced may be the best solution. An experienced contractor will be able to tell you if an existing concrete driveway is salvageable or if you need to have a new driveway installed.
Last but not least, it is important to understand that concrete driveways are one of the more expensive options when it comes to driveway installation. Not only is it expensive to install, it is also one of the more expensive options in terms of ongoing maintenance as well.
Life Expectancy of A Concrete Driveway
If you choose to have your concrete driveway professionally installed by an experienced professional and you provide proper maintenance, you can expect your concrete driveway to last up to 30 years, which is significantly longer than many other hard surface driveways. Of course, there are a number of variables that can influence the life expectancy of your driveway including the sub grade preparation, how well it was installed, how often maintenance is performed and even the region of the country you are located in.
Types of ongoing maintenance you can expect to perform on a concrete driveway?
New concrete driveways should be sealed, but only if it has been at least 3-4 weeks since installation. This will allow the concrete to completely cure. After this initial period, your concrete driveway should be sealed every 3-5 years in order to protect it against the elements and slow down the aging process. This schedule should be bumped up to every 1-2 years if you live in an area where de-icers are used regularly or if your concrete driveway is stamped.
Summary of Concrete Driveways
Concrete driveways are a great way to add functional beauty to the exterior of your home. They are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that have the ability to enhance your current landscape design. In addition, concrete driveways are very durable, if properly maintained. They are perfect for homeowners who expect to have a lot of heavy traffic on their driveways as well as those who expect to encounter larger amounts of rain runoff. They are extremely versatile and can provide years of beauty and quality service.
Whether you need a new concrete driveway installed or have an existing concrete driveway that is in need of professional repairs, Tellurian Gardens can help. They have been installing and repairing concrete driveways in Oregon for a number of years. If you have questions about whether or not a concrete driveway is right for your home or if you want to explore your concrete driveway options, please feel free to browse the site or contact a concrete driveway specialist today.