Concrete in the form of limestone has its origin almost 6,000 years prior to the creation of Stonehenge, though the first use of Portland cement dates back to the 1800s for use in street, home, and building construction. As an ancient building material, concrete has quickly become one of the more appreciated modern materials for both interior and exterior home projects. The biggest reason concrete is so popular around the world is that it is extremely durable and always looks great, unless it cracks. What makes it crack, you might ask?
Most concrete driveways are under-designed. Driveways crack because they get poured too quickly as a convenience for the contractor. They tend to add too much water in order to get the job done faster, but that tends to lead to cracking. However, when concrete is properly mixed, poured, sealed, and cured, it is still the most weatherproof building material in existence, as it can withstand the elements much longer than other materials when installed and sealed properly.
Concrete has many benefits. There are some good reasons that it is so popular for use in construction. Its usage worldwide when compared ton for ton is twice that of metals, woods, and plastics.
Lasts Longer: Concrete is incredibly durable and lasts longer than other materials when subjected to the elements and pressure. It can withstand up to 4,000 lbs per square inch when installed correctly.
Resistance to Elements: Concrete easily resists erosion, fire, rotting, rusting, and weathering with regular, but minimal maintenance and repair. Concrete has a lifespan that exceeds many other types of building materials.
Easy to Repair: When cracks do appear, they can be easily repaired for a low-cost maintenance program. Concrete also gets stronger from year to year as it is able to form bonds with surrounding moisture.
Concrete Can Be Reinforced With Steel For Higher Structural Integrity: For those needing stronger driveways for parking RV’s or larger, heavier loads, extra steel rebar can add strength and durability to an already superior driveway construction material.
Concrete is one of the most versatile kinds of materials for driveways. Because of the options you can get with concrete, it can be used in all kinds of stylish ways. Here are just some of the most popular types of concrete driveways that you can choose from based on your style preferences, your need for functionality, and your budget.
Plain or Colored Concrete
The most popular form of concrete driveways is the classic plain or colored concrete option. It is clean, fresh, simple, and durable as one of the best ways to create a gorgeous driveway surface for your home.
Natural Exposed Aggregate or Chip Sealed Concrete
Using stone, slate, pebbles, or sand to enhance the strength and texture of the concrete is a beautiful way to elevate your home exterior to look its best.
Stenciled, Stamped, or Slate Concrete
Stenciling or stamping can create the look and feel of pavers without all the fuss. By stenciling lines to emulate pavers, you get the look of stone tiles with the durability and ease of concrete.
Slate is created by stamping slate textured mats into ready mixed concrete just prior to its setting. The resulting look replicates stone without all the installation work and regular maintenance involved in using actual individual stones or tiles.
Interlocking Concrete Pavers
Interlocking pavers are usually made of cement or concrete to simulate cobblestones. Individually shaped to interlock seamlessly with other pavers, this makes them easy to install without the use of mortar.
Asphalt is a great alternative to concrete but needs more maintenance. The life expectancy is about 30 years, so keep this in mind when choosing materials for your driveway.
No matter what kind of concrete material and style you prefer, at Nebraska Driveway Services, we have mastered the art of installing the most beautiful, durable, and weather-resistant driveways. Our expert team can give advice, offer recommendations, and give you just the driveway look you want for the price you can afford. We can help you maintain your concrete driveway for its lifespan so that from year to year, your home always looks its best. Reach out to us today and we’ll get you started on paving the way towards enjoying a more attractive and functional entry for your home.