Concrete Driveway Paving
Concrete is a fantastic solution for your driveway paving project. While more expensive than asphalt, concrete has long been a favorite and traditional paving material used for driveways, walkways, patios, and other areas around the house. Performing well without sealants, concrete doesn’t require much upkeep or repairs, if installed correctly. Occasional cracking can occur, as well as staining, but both problems are easily fixable with crack sealants and power-washing systems to fill the cracks and remove the stains.
The appearance of concrete is simple in both form and color. Concrete has a rigid texture that provides for traction during rain and ice. It comes in a light shade of grey, once cured. However, the appearance of concrete can be altered to your liking in the form of concrete staining and concrete stamping. You may also come to notice, especially if you park your cars on the concrete driveway, that oil and gasoline stains appear to stick to the concrete. Most oil and gasoline stains can be removed with simply scrubbing or power-washing, but it should be noted that they are more noticeable on lighter shades of concrete.
Concrete is known to be more durable than asphalt, which is why it’s been used for so many years in various projects. Concrete is a versatile paving material that is often used in several paving scenarios, but it continues to compete with asphalt as the best driveway paving solution. This is because, concrete can hold significant amounts of weight, regardless if it’s been poured in multiple slabs or as one large piece. It can accommodate the weight of heavy trucks, cars, and even multiple vehicles all at once. Concrete doesn’t need to be sealcoated like asphalt and can continue to provide optimal service, even without sealcoatings, although they are available for concrete.
Concrete is a fire-resistant material which makes it great for outdoor spaces to divert or withstand the threat of fire. Since concrete can readily compel fire, it is also a safe paving material for outdoor kitchens and barbeques to operate on. Concrete, nowadays, can also be made to be water-resistant. Though excessive moisture has a tendency to make concrete crack, concrete can still be fixed with water-resistant chemicals to retract the threat of moisture from lingering in the concrete. This makes it ever-more desirable, especially for the drastic seasonal changes in San Antonio between the Summers and hurricane season.
Concrete is a low-maintenance paving solution that doesn’t require much upkeep during its use. To clean any debris or dirt that builds up in concrete’s crevices or ridges, you can use a power-washing system to remove the buildup. Power-washing deep cleans the tiny holes and flushes out any debris that is unsightly or excessive. Aside from regular checks, many concrete driveways can last for several decades without the need for repairs or replacements. Even with the higher price tag, you’ll likely get your money’s worth with concrete due to its lack of high maintenance or need for regular repairs.