In a world of options, property owners have many choices when it comes to what material they will use to construct their driveways. In this field, concrete is continually growing in popularity as the best material to meet all driveway construction needs. Concrete driveways need less maintenance, less upkeep, and offer a wider range of customization than other options.
Look around your neighborhood and see how many different types of driveways there are. Most driveways in well-populated areas are made of concrete. There are several different styles of driveways including: seashell, clay, porcelain, gravel, stone, and asphalt. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Concrete is chosen more often than any other driveway material! Let’s find out why concrete is such a popular choice.
Asphalt has a lower starting cost than concrete and is typically chosen for larger areas. While asphalt costs less in the beginning, it needs to be sealed every few years. Asphalt cracks and will need repairs more often than concrete. The material also melts and becomes dangerous for pet-paws in the summer. Asphalt lasts 12- 20 years whereas concrete lasts 25 to 50 years without having to be re-sealed seasonally.
Gravel is the least expensive choice. It is also high maintenance. Gravel needs to be regraded every year or so, and the material needs even more maintenance in extreme weather conditions. After storms, you will probably need to replace a large amount of your gravel. It isn’t the best choice for areas of high wind, where your driveway can be filled with the debris being thrown at your house and around your neighborhood.
Pavers, when installed properly, can last a century. They also cost more than double any other option. Their only benefit compared to other driveway materials is their curb appeal, and this type of driveway can have heating elements installed beneath the surface. While the heating surface can be a great benefit in areas that experience frequent freezing, it won’t be fully utilized by those living in warm climates. If the paving stone look holds a big appeal for you, cement can be stenciled and finished to look like pavers while standing as a much more affordable option.
Bricks are a great-looking driveway choice and usually cost less than pavers. They are slightly more expensive than concrete. There aren’t many customization options with brick driveways, but it is easy to replace a brick if it cracks. However, brick driveways are also heavy in maintenance and upkeep. They need to be power washed twice a year and resealed after each wash to maintain the integrity of the bricks.
Regarding installation costs, concrete driveways fall right in the reasonable middle. The reason concrete is chosen more often than other options that cost less is because of its durability and low maintenance needs. The longevity of concrete makes it a much more cost-effective option in the long run.
Concrete is also an extremely customizable option for your driveway. It can be stained, surfaced, and stamped to mimic a wide range of finishes. As an affordable option that will last, look great, and fulfill all of your driveway needs, concrete can’t be beat.
When you are ready to refurbish or install your new concrete driveway, contact Sheperd Concrete to request an estimate! Our team has been experts in concrete for over 30 years.