Is Concrete Right for Your Driveway?

Are you considering paving your driveway? There are many options available, from asphalt and pavers to concrete and brick. If concrete has made it into the discussion, you may be wondering if it is the right choice for your driveway. Here are some of the pros and cons of using concrete for your driveway.

Concrete Pros

Concrete is extremely durable, one of its best qualities. A solid concrete driveway that has been installed by a paving expert can last from twenty to fifty years. In addition, here are some of the other pros of using concrete to pave your driveway:

  • Simple maintenance. Concrete needs little maintenance; a broom and hose can clean up your driveway. Sealant can be used on an annual basis but in mild climates, this can be extended to every few years.
  • Cool surface. During the hot summer, concrete stays relatively cool compared to asphalt and other darker paved surfaces. This is easier on your feet and your tires.
  • No potholes. While concrete can crack, you will not have potholes like you can expect with asphalt.

Concrete Cons

When determining whether concrete is right for your driveway, you need to look at both sides of the coin. While durable and easy to maintain, there are a few drawbacks.

  • Cost. For a large driveway, concrete can be expensive. It does cost more than asphalt, which can be a deal breaker on long driveways.
  • No resurfacing. If your concrete begins to have surface issues, it is not as simple as resurfacing. Concrete must be removed and replaced.
  • Stains. Concrete is light in color and shows stains easier than asphalt or darker pavers.

Concrete is an excellent choice for many homeowners wanting a long-lasting, low-maintenance driveway. Make sure you choose an experienced paving contractor to install your new driveway to get the best quality.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Tips on How to Maintain Your Concrete Sidewalk

If you have installed a new concrete sidewalk, you want to ensure it will last for many years to come. Everyone has seen sidewalks that are cracked, pitted or unlevel; you want to keep your sidewalk from having these common issues so that it is safe and maintains a beautiful appearance. Here are some tips to keep your new concrete sidewalk in good condition with regular maintenance.

  • Cleaning. Keeping your sidewalk clean will help extend the life of the concrete. Sweeping and pressure washing your sidewalk regularly will keep dirt and debris from wearing down the surface. A thorough cleaning should be done at least once per year, preferably more often for the most benefit.
  • Sealant. Sealant not only helps reduce water infiltration that breaks down the concrete, it can help protect it from stains. Talk to your concrete contractor about sealing your new sidewalk and recommendations on how often to reseal it for your climate region.
  • Repairs. All concrete will eventually need repairs. Catching cracks or slab leveling problems when they first become noticeable and getting them repaired will help prevent more serious issues. Call your local concrete contractor to have all repairs done immediately.
  • Joints. It is important to ensure the joints in your sidewalk are properly sealed. This keeps out dirt that can attract weeds to grow that can impact the appearance and cause premature wear on your concrete.

Concrete does not need much maintenance, but keeping up with cleaning, sealing and repairs as needed can help extend the life of your sidewalk. Discuss maintenance with your local concrete contractor to ensure your new sidewalk lasts for many years with minimal repairs.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187