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Pros and Cons of a Concrete Driveway

A concrete driveway can seem like a scary and foreign concept but think of all of the advantages that a concrete driveway could really mean. A concrete driveway is one of the strongest, therefore, longest-lasting materials to be used for a driveway. The downside is that a concrete driveway can be a little costly. Look at the Pros and Cons outlined below to determine if a concrete driveway is an investment that you are willing to make.

Cons

01. Expensive

Let’s just get the worst over with and talk about the disadvantage of a concrete driveway first because the positives outweigh any of the negatives. A concrete driveway can be expensive compared to some driveway materials, but less expensive compared to others. A concrete driveway does indeed cost more money than a gravel driveway or an asphalt driveway. However, a concrete driveway cost less money compared to a cobblestone driveway, brick driveway or a printed concrete driveway. The cost might be worth it compared to the pros read on for more details and comparison.

02. Installation

The installation and preparation may not be a con per se if you use professionals to do so. The driveway area will need to be cleared of any past material such as gravel, asphalt or old, broken concrete. Once the area is cleared it will need to be landscaped. Professional landscapers will know exactly how everything should slope and what materials to lay underneath the concrete. After the preparation is complete the installation of the concrete itself only takes a day. The curing process will take longer.

03.Maintenance

Maintenance includes cleaning and re-sealing it as needed. Cleaning the concrete driveway is much less work than any other driveway material. None the less it is still something that has to be done in order to maintain the longevity of the concrete. Cleaning the concrete driveway as spills occur is the best way to ensure a nice clean surface. Not using certain ice melts and being careful not to scrap the concrete driveway with metals is also another good tip. Re-sealing the driveway only needs to be done every five years to maintain the integrity of the concrete. If done more often than that it could lead to unwanted peeling.

Pros

01. Longevity

Concrete is a very strong material that can withhold a lot of stress over many years. If a concrete driveway is installed properly and properly maintained then it could last 30 years or even much more. Installing concrete driveways with reinforcement wire mesh or rebar is a great way to make sure the concrete is as strong as possible and hopefully prevent any cracking in the future.

02. Increase The Value of Your Home

If the home that you are living in you plan to sell at some point during the future you might want to consider a concrete driveway even more so. A concrete driveway can add a ten per cent increase to your home’s value.

03. Durability

A concrete driveway can last for 25 to 50 years because of the durability of the material. Of course, the durability of the concrete driveway can only be as strong as the installation, preparation and maintenance will allow. This is why is it so vital to ensure the preparation and installation process is done professionally. The concrete should be reinforced with a wire-like material and maintained as needed. If all of these things are done properly then, having a strong long-lasting driveway is in your future.

A concrete driveway is not for everyone, but a concrete driveway can be a good choice for driveway material for a lot of people. The cost does become an issue with some people, but if a different driveway is what you are already looking for then, make it a concrete driveway that will last you a lifetime. Give JC Paving a call to install your concrete driveway professionally.

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