As you head toward a new driveway installation, have you decided what exactly you are going to do with it? Modern driveway options are not just simple concrete or asphalt-topped concrete anymore. You have quite a few options beyond that.
Plain old gray concrete; it is basic, it is functional, and it is quick and easy to install. It can also be quite boring by comparison next to some of your other options. However, if the concrete is all you can afford, and you really want a solid driveway instead of gravel or dirt, this is the right option for you.
Stained or Colored Concrete
Concrete is not so gray as when it is stained or colored. The staining or coloring process occurs during the mixing stage of the concrete, adding various stain colors or dyes to the wet concrete mixture or to the dry concrete powder prior to getting it wet. It is a nice touch, with its' unique pop of color in an otherwise boring spot.
If you do not want your driveway plain, stained, or colored, maybe you would like it stamped. During this process, your paving contractor waits until the concrete is partially set, but still soft enough to imprint. Then he/she rolls a special roller or a paving roller with a special attachment over the concrete. It can also be stamped by hand, but it is a much trickier and longer process. The result is a driveway that looks like it was laid with brick or some other non-concrete material, in a pattern that is very pleasing to the eye.
Of course, you could skip all the fancy concrete work and just cover it all with asphalt. It might be the best option anyway, since asphalt-covered concrete cannot crack or chip the way bare concrete can. Since paving contractors also provide the asphalt for this covering, you could get the paving contractor to return in a few weeks and cover your new driveway with asphalt. Until then, you will have to be very careful with the concrete so that it cures properly and does not chip or crack before your paving contractor returns with the asphalt.
Not Sure? Ask for Estimates for Each
If you are not sure what you want, ask your paving contractor to give you estimates for each of the above. You will already have the estimate for bare concrete. You will need estimates for each of the other additive processes for your new concrete driveway installation.Share
2 February 2018
Having a driveway and parking lot paves on your property is an excellent way to ensure that you don't have to deal with mud, rocks, and tons of insects every time you leave the house or head back home. However, pavement needs to be properly taken care and maintained if you expect it to hold up to wear and tear throughout the years. Getting rid of the weeds is one of the biggest aspects to focus on. Weeds can grow right through the pavement and break it apart until cracks and chips occur if left unchecked. This blog was designed to help you maintain the integrity of your newly paved driveway so it stays beautiful for decades to come.