When people look at your home from the street, they'll see the curb view and this first impression will have a lasting impact. Thus, the colours and textures you spread over the driveway are crucial. Consider the following advantages of a concrete driveway.
1. Decorative Options
While you can spread grey concrete over the area, you can also cover the drive with decorative and colourful concrete. It's easy to customise cement with colours and textures to flatter the front yard. Concrete specialists can add pigments to the mix before pouring, and they can apply dyes and stains to set concrete. Additionally, they can mix things up and combine methods to create subtle and variable patterns. As well as colour, you can decorate the concrete with texture stamps and etching techniques. Thus, you could design a concrete driveway that mimics other substances like granite, travertine, or even timber.
Being outside in all seasons, plus carrying vehicle weights, a driveway needs to be durable. Concrete is exceptionally sturdy and long-lasting, often enduring for decades, and sunshine can make it harden even more. By regularly sealing a decorative driveway, you'll preserve its colours and textures from the elements. The sealant also blocks moisture from permeating into the concrete. In cold regions, this moisture can freeze and stress the concrete which can crack as a result.
3. Low Maintenance
You won't need to undertake much maintenance with a concrete driveway. Apart from regular sealing, you don't need to do much except pressure wash it now and then to remove marks or give it a sweep. In comparison, other surfaces such as gravel and pavers require more work. For example, to remain neat, gravel requires raking and top-ups, and pavers allow weeds to sprout in the joins that you'll need to uproot.
Your car tyres can easily grip concrete—thus, it provides a safe driveway for wheels. Additionally, it won't usually develop potholes, as asphalt can, on which family members and friends can trip and fall. The decorative textures within concrete also add to the traction, and contractors can add anti-slip additives when they seal the surface.
5. Attractive Curb View
An attractive concrete driveway will enhance the curb view. If you're selling, buyers will be attracted by a beautiful driveway, which will lift the entire facade. If you've chosen the colours and textures to harmonise with your home's cladding and the landscape, it could increase the sale value.
You can learn more about upgrading your driveway by contacting concrete specialists.