Maintaining your driveway is an excellent opportunity to improve your home’s value. Your driveway is there for functionality but that is no reason it should not be a beautiful feature on your property. Paving your driveway dramatically improves the look, convenience, and lifetime of your drive and parking area. Investing in a paved driveway can greatly improve a long gravel drive or a rutted dirt driveway. It can also bring an excellent return on the sale of your home or if you are thinking about refinancing your home.
Concrete vs Asphalt
If you’ve had enough of the ruts, dirt or dusty gravel, and stains of your current driveway and are thinking about a new driveway you are probably thinking about concrete or asphalt. While both are laid over a substrate of gravel, and both are basically a mixture of sand and stone, different adhesives are used to hold those components together… tar for asphalt and cement for concrete. The characteristics of those adhesives amount to the differences—both pro and con—between the two popular driveway surfaces. In their most basic forms, asphalt is dark gray to black—hence its common name of “blacktop”—and concrete is pale gray. Unlike asphalt, though, concrete takes well to staining and tinting to just about any color you fancy. While a pure blacktop is a stylish feature, there are a number of advantages to choosing concrete. Concrete has a long lifetime. And there are less costly maintenance tasks compared to asphalt. Concrete is more durable, so any freezing, staining, or other damage is much less likely. The average lifetime of a concrete driveway is about 30 years, and for asphalt, it is 20 years. If you always wanted a brick driveway ask your professional about a stamped concrete. Concrete can be stamped to give a wide range of ambiances such as bricks or pavers.
How to Handle Concrete Driveway Repairs
A cracked stained concrete driveway is not going to do much for your curb appeal. While concrete is certainly one of the most durable construction materials around, over time it can develop cracks and other types of problems. Look for small cracks, uneven surfaces, and pitted areas. Stains and imperfections can be repaired. Cracks are the most important issue to handle. A small crack can grow until it causes problems with the foundation of your driveway. A professional can tackle these minor issues before they become large expenses. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, replace your driveway instead of making repairs. While you may not get a dollar-for-dollar return on investment, a new driveway will add more appeal to your home than a patched or cracked driveway, which could quickly scare off potential buyers.
A&A’s Concrete Installation and Finishing Services
We are focused on handling the jobs that large concrete contractors will not offer such as, driveways, patios, paths, sidewalks. All concrete services will follow all building codes and specifications. All installations will be at least 4” thick and will have the correct amount of metal for the application. All installations will include broom finish and the installation of proper joints. While working around your home we will take special caution not to splash concrete on your home and existing concrete. All work will include clean up, seed, and straw of all disturbed areas.
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