Sure, we all know that a driveway is functional to the home, it provides accessibility, but it can also be an attractive addition to your home that is welcoming and adds curb appeal. Are you building a new home? Or maybe it’s time to upgrade that existing driveway that’s been problematic, either way, it’s good to know your options and what to expect from the process.
When you look at a driveway, it appears to be a typical slab of cement, in fact, many people think installing one is as simple as putting some gravel down on the existing ground and smoothing it over. While that is an option, these installations will rapidly breakdown and erode creating issues with drainage which can be far more costly down the road.
If you already have an existing driveway, it is imperative that you have it properly removed with excavation and install a new one. While a driveway may seem like a simple project, the fact is, it is more involved than one would think and so there are some things you should consider when looking to add a new one or replace an existing one.
Materials: Asphalt is typical for most driveways, it is durable and long lasting, it also is typically the least expensive option but leaves little to be desired in the aesthetics department. Pavers of course are beautiful and offer a lot of curb appeal, but keep in mind, you are going to pay top dollar for supplies and labor on a project like that.
Fortunately there is another option that is becoming more and more popular that won’t necessarily break the bank and that is concrete, more specifically, stamped concrete. This is a great option for those who want more of a wow factor added to their home without the cost and is completely customizable.
The available colors and patterns are endless, you can even replicate the look of other materials such as brick, stone, wood, or slate.
First you’ll want to find a good concrete contractor with a good reputation who will work with you to design a driveway that meets all your needs and has the knowledge and know-how to execute.
This means ensuring the driveway is properly graded to avoid pooling and prevent standing water from entering the garage. Just because they are more complicated than they look, does not mean the process has to be.
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