We have seen so many concrete driveways throughout our years in the industry, and we know how they can enhance the look of any property in an instant. Concrete driveways are not only functional, but they can also add value to your home. Concrete is proven durable and affordable. There are just so many things you can do with concrete; that is why it is the most popular choice for driveway installation.
A concrete driveway has many benefits that you can enjoy.
Maintenance- When you talk about maintenance for a concrete driveway, you mean sweeping and resealing. It is very easy to keep a concrete driveway in top condition because there is not too much to do.
Cost-effective- Another reason why concrete is a favorite among other construction materials is its affordability. Aside from being inexpensive, you have added savings from the fact that concrete is durable and they don’t get damaged that easily. Meaning, you don’t have to shed extra dollars for repair costs.
Safety- Concrete is non-combustible which gives you added security from a fire. Concrete driveways also have a surface that prevents skidding from happening. It also reflects light which makes it easier for the driveway to drive in and out of the driveway in low light.
Environmentally-friendly- Concrete has natural components that have no harmful impacts on the environment.
Visual appeal- There are limitless possibilities and patterns you can do with concrete. It comes in a liquid form which can be formed into any pattern and design depending on your preference. We can stamp or stain your concrete and texture to it. There are a variety of options for you to choose from when it comes to the appearance of your concrete driveway.
We make sure not to dig more than what is needed. In most cases, 4 inches plus 2 inches for the base material is enough to make room for the concrete. Excavating more than what is necessary can disrupt a well-compacted soil. The ground has to be well compacted to avoid the risks of cracking and settling later on.
Pitch and Grade
Your concrete driveway is not only a pathway for your cars and yourself, but it can also be a waterway. Water can come from different sources including rain, and they can freely flow on your driveway. For this reason, we have to make sure that water will be redirected to a different direction away from your home. Grading, or slanting the driveway can help channel the water away from your home. Pitching, on the other hand, is slanting the driveway from one side to the other. Pitching is the more appropriate method if the driveway slants towards the house. Using one of these methods will ensure water will not flood your house in the future. You can also add drains, but they are usually the last resort because they can be clogged which can cause flooding issues.
Transitions are the areas where your driveway touches another part of your houses such as your garage or the street. Transitions must be smooth to prevent tripping hazards and damages to your vehicles.
Our contractors are skilled in installing concrete driveways that are safe and beautiful. When we are done with the project, you will be impressed to see your driveway to look as good, or even better than the interior of your home.
Over time, concrete driveways can accumulate dirt from different sources. Here are some helpful tips to help you clean common stains on your concrete. Make sure to use goggles whenever you use strong chemicals to protect your skin.
Oil and grease- You can use kitty litter for freshly spilled oil. It will suck up the oil from the concrete before it can dry up. However, if the stain is older, you may need a degreasing product to remove it.
Tire Skid Marks- You can try power washing to remove tire marks. But if it doesn’t work, you can use brake cleaner which you can purchase in any auto parts store in your area.
Rust- Using oxalic acid is a proven way to eliminate rust from a concrete driveway.
Mildew- With the use of a pressure washer, you can wash the mildew away easily.