When it comes to paving your driveway you really only have a few options. You can put down asphalt or you can put down concrete. The good news is that both of these materials is a fantastic paving material, and they are both extensively used to build roads. It is well known that both of these materials are very durable and can last a very long time. However, there are benefits to each one that you may not know about. This article is going to cover some of he benefits of specifically utilizing concrete for your driveway.
When thinking of concrete most poeple think of the gray cement that makes up the sidewalks or the curbing of houses. However, you do not need to simply go wit the common gray cement. one thing that you will learn about concrete is that it is very versatile. During the mixing stage of the concrete additives can be placed in the mix to create almost any color that you could want. So no matter what color or style your home is, you can actually enhance that style with your driveway. No need to have a regular gray driveway.
Another thing that makes concrete such an amazing material for paving is that it can actually be stamped into different patterns. There are a few common patterns that you can look at such as a stone pattern, wood pattern, pavers, or the concrete can be partitioned and different stamping patterns can be used on different parts of the concrete driveway. You may want a stone pattern around the outer two feet, but a paver pattern on the inside of the driveway. Talk with your contractor and find out what different stamps are available and what they are comfortable stamping into your concrete for you.
The finish of your concrete is the finishing touch and can add a great deal of utility but also flare to the driveway. If you want your driveway to really shine and pop when a person drives by you can choose a high polish finish that will really make the concrete shine. A matte finish is another type of finish, but is more of a simple finish. There are also additives that you can place on top of the concrete to give it a specific texture. Some textures are to add a little strength while others are designed to give concrete a little different texture.