A driveway is an important part of your home that provides a safe and convenient access point to your property. Whether you’re looking to replace an old and damaged driveway or install a new one, concrete driveways are an excellent option to consider. A driveway perforated with potholes or deep craters isn’t just unpleasant to drive on, but it also decreases the aesthetics of your house and results in decreased home value. You need a smooth surface that can hold the weight of your vehicle as well as withstand the severity of the weather, especially with the Calgary snow melt cycles. Poor drainage, temperature variations, and heavy objects can directly impact the life of your driveway. We take these factors into account to create a beautiful, functional, and most importantly lasting driveway. In this article, we’ll discuss the many benefits of concrete driveways and why they’re a great choice for your home.
Durability: Concrete is a very durable material that can withstand heavy traffic and the elements. Unlike asphalt or gravel driveways, concrete driveways don’t crack or chip easily and can last for many years with proper maintenance.
Low Maintenance: Concrete driveways require very little maintenance compared to other driveway materials. Simply rinse it with water and sweep it regularly, and it will continue to look great for years to come.
Customization: Concrete driveways can be customized to meet your exact specifications and taste. With a variety of designs, colors, and patterns available, you can create a unique and stylish driveway that enhances the look of your home.
Increased Property Value: A well-designed and well-maintained concrete driveway can significantly increase the value of your home. It’s a great investment that not only provides you with a functional and safe access point, but also adds to the overall value of your property.
Eco-Friendly: Concrete driveways are a more environmentally-friendly option compared to other driveway materials. They are made from natural materials and can be recycled at the end of their life, reducing their impact on the environment.
Driveways are our expertise at Calgary Concrete Pros; we have the knowledge and machinery for simple to intricate driveway designs including:
- Broomed Finish Concrete Driveway
- Stamped Finish Concrete Driveway
- Exposed Aggregate Driveway
- Coloured Concrete Driveway
- Polished Concrete Driveway
Broom Finish Concrete Driveway
A popular choice for finishing concrete is a broom finish. This look is achieved by brushing a broom over the concrete to give it a smooth but textured finish. This texture provides traction, making it less slippery when wet, and therefore ideal for certain driveways, patios, and pool areas. Broom finish is often one of the most cost-effective options.
Smooth Finish Concrete Driveway
Smooth concrete is usually more expensive per square foot than broom finish concrete. It has a lovely look, but due to the lack of traction, it can be very slippery when wet. Therefore, it is not recommended for pool decks and most driveways. Smooth finish concrete is often used for driveway borders or as an accent between concrete sections.
Pictured: smooth finish for the border and broom finish for the driveway, note the difference in texture.
Exposed Aggregate Driveway
Exposed aggregate concrete is strong and won’t be slippery. To get this look, the top layer of the concrete isn’t washed away and stones are added. Putting a wet sealant on the exposed aggregate concrete gives it a shiny finish.
Salt Finish Driveway
Adding salt finish to your driveway can provide subtle texture and traction to plain or colored concrete. This look is achieved when coarse salt rock is spread and then rolled onto fresh concrete, where it dissolves. The resulting appearance is a speckled pattern with small indentations. This style is also budget-friendly.
Textured/Stamped Finish Driveway
Textured or stamped finish is a great option for those who desire the look of pavers but are on a tighter budget. The stamps are designed to look like different paving stones and are often stained to match the ‘stone’ look. This finish is almost always paired with colored concrete. People usually choose one color, which is mixed into the concrete (integral color), or go with a two-toned color, one mixed into the concrete (integral color) and the other applied superficially (release color) to give it a marbleized effect.
Coloured Concrete Driveway
Colour can be added to basic grey brushed concrete to give it more style and a unique look. Integral colors are typically batched into the concrete mix and will attain their true color once the concrete has dried and set.