The time of the old plain concrete driveway is long past, and modern developments in concrete give you more control on how you want your driveway to look. Here are five concrete options for your driveway.
1. Polished Concrete
If you want a smooth mirror-like texture, polished concrete is your choice. Concrete is systematically polished and ground until the texture is smooth and then hardened before applying concrete sealing products. A polished concrete driveway accumulates less dirt and hence is easier to clean.
2. Exposed Aggregate Concrete
This concrete application has been around for a while, and it closely resembles the texture of asphalt — without the problems associated with it. It provides more grip, especially in wet conditions, and is a good option for sloped driveways.
3. Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is patterned and textured to resemble various materials — from bricks, flagstones, tiles, even wood. You have more freedom in choosing how your driveway looks while still maintaining the durability and longevity of concrete.
It can create the appearance of a separately tiled surface while maintaining the integrity of a cohesive whole.
4. Concrete Pavers
Concrete tiles or pavers is another popular driveway option. These interlocking pavers come in different shapes and styles to complement the existing structure and landscape.
Concrete pavers are manufactured to high standards and are actually a bit stronger than poured concrete. Installation is quite fast, and individual concrete pavers are easily replaced.
5. Coloured Concrete
If you prefer plain old concrete, but with some colour, then there are ways to add colour to the concrete mix. This eliminates the need to paint your driveway to match a particular colour, and it is a more practical and enduring option.
Concrete is the best choice for your driveway — it is strong, durable and needs very little maintenance. You only need to choose the right kind of concrete to suit your particular tastes and needs.