At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Columbus, OH, we’ve seen so many different types of driveways. As a homeowner, you may have questions about which material is the best for your particular situation. We’ve put together an introduction to concrete driveways to help you make the best choice for your home.
What Are The Components Of An Concrete Driveway?
While it is a very common substance, concrete is also a very complex and versatile building material. It is made of a mixture of cement and some kind of aggregate materials like sand or rock. Different applications of concrete call for different levels of texture, so you will see concrete with high levels of large stone, and others with finer grit. When it comes to driveways, this can basically come down to a preference of appearance.
The mixture can be poured into any shape you can design a container for, and hardens relatively quickly. Because of its fluid nature, it can also be strengthened by being poured over steel rods known as rebar. With or without reinforcement, concrete is a very sturdy building material, even hardening over time for months or years.
How Long Do Concrete Driveways Usually Last?
Concrete is also a long-lasting construction material and can give you a lifespan of 25-50 years if well-maintained. This, of course, depends on two main factors: how well it was constructed to begin with, and how well you’ve maintained it throughout its lifetime.
How Do I Take Care Of My Concrete Driveway?
Without a regular plan of maintenance and care, you’ll still get a couple of decades out of your new concrete driveway. However, a little planning and effort can help extend that, even double it, if done well.
A few times a year, it’s a good idea to get a stiff brush and hose to clean the driveway thoroughly. Using a concrete cleaning solution will help preserve its appearance. About once per year, you’ll want to seal the concrete yourself or have a professional do it. This will help it better stand up against road grime, salt, and moisture which will help prevent it from cracking.
What’s This Going To Cost Me?
Concrete is a middle of the road solution for driveway construction, financially speaking. It’s a little more expensive than a gravel or asphalt driveway, and a little less than a cobblestone or brick paver driveway. This is obviously impacted by all kinds of factors during the construction:
- Size of driveway
- Plain versus stamped finish
- Quality of materials
- Amount of gravel bedding
On average, a concrete driveway will currently cost you anywhere from $4 – $10 per square foot from start to finish. This puts a typical 16’ x 38’ driveway in the neighborhood of $4,000.
New Driveway, New Door
If you’ve decided to upgrade your concrete driveway as part of a facelift for your home, don’t forget your garage door. Call Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Columbus, Ohio and we’ll help you pick out the perfect new door for your home.