Benefits of a New Concrete Driveway
Your driveway is an often understated and overlooked but extremely important for your home’s exterior. The right driveway can showcase and subtly enhance your home’s exterior, helping the various elements of your home’s beautiful shine. What’s more, it can also provide some much-needed safety assurances in the often unpredictable Calgary weather, helping you to maintain firm footing when walking from your car to your home. The wrong driveway, however, can create discord within your home’s aesthetic and detract from your overall curb appeal. What’s more, it can compromise your safety, especially when unable to maintain its integrity in extremes of weather.
If you’ve had an asphalt driveway for a long time, you may not even have considered the benefits of replacing it with a brand new concrete driveway. However, it can have many aesthetic and practical merits that make your home’s exterior safer, more attractive and more cost-effective when compared to sticking with asphalt. Let’s take a look at some now…
Some homeowners may consider asphalt a better option because of its relatively low upfront costs. However, this is false. While a brand new concrete driveway may cost a little more upfront, it is far lower maintenance and doesn’t require periodic seal coating like asphalt.
Treat your concrete with a clear penetrating sealer and it will help to protect against absorption of ambient moisture and chemicals like deicers from your vehicle which can compromise your driveway’s integrity. Contraction joints can also be applied to isolate cracking at stress points when concrete contracts.
Simply put, concrete is much lower maintenance and will give you a longer driveway. In fact, a concrete driveway can last 50-60% longer than its asphalt equivalent.
Concrete offers finishes as unique as your home
Those who are learning about concrete driveways may underestimate just how much variation they afford in terms of style colour, and finish. Whether you choose to opt for a smooth, lightly sandblasted surface, a more textured exposed aggregate or brushed surface an acid stained surface or a float finish surface, concrete allows you to create a driveway that’s as unique, individual and beautiful as the home it’s attached to.
Concrete affords you far more creative and decorative latitude than humble asphalt as well as being a far more robust material.
It can withstand much heavier loads than asphalt
If your driveway is going to have to accommodate numerous heavy vehicles, you may find that asphalt simply doesn’t offer the strength and integrity that concrete brings to your driveway. When heavier loads are introduced to asphalt surfaces it may cause ruts or other damage. But because concrete is such an inflexible and rigid material you can leave heavy loads sitting on your concrete driveway day in and day out for years.
Concrete is cooler than asphalt… Literally
Asphalt absorbs heat and while this may be considered a benefit in those cold Calgary winter nights, remember that temperatures can easily exceed 30 degrees Celsius in the summer. Concrete absorbs way less UV radiation than asphalt meaning that it’ll stay cool even on the hottest of days.
Its light reflective nature also means that you benefit from more ambient light which can thus reduce your driveway’s lighting needs in the twilight hours. Over the years this can all add up.
It adds to your home’s curb appeal and resale value
You may not even be considering re-selling your home for a very long time. Nevertheless, none of us knows what the future will bring. If you find yourself wanting to downsize, upsize or relocate to somewhere new for work or retirement, your future quality of life will depend mostly on your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
Concrete driveways are more appealing than their asphalt counterpart and are more likely to look good when you’re ready to sell. The broad range of colours and finishes helps to ensure a more cohesive look for your overall exterior, and this combination of factors can help to boost your property’s overall desirability and thus it’s resale value.
Still not convinced?
If you need further persuading of the myriad benefits of a brand new concrete driveway, feel free to get in touch with us to arrange a free, zero-obligation quote. You may just find that the concrete driveway of your dreams is a whole lot more affordable than you imagine!