4 Important Benefits of Installing a Residential Concrete Driveway

by Grace Motley

If your driveway is starting to look old you're considering a replacement, you need to carefully consider what type of material you want to use for your residential driveway. A concrete driveway can offer many benefits over other driveway materials—here's a look at just four benefits. 

Benefit #1: Long-Lasting Material

Many people are not aware that concrete, when installed properly, can last for two or three decades. A properly installed concrete driveway this a stable foundation that can drain water away from your driveway and easily last multiple decades, which means you will not have to think about installing or paying for a new driveway for many years. It can be a mental relief if you know you won't have to worry about replacing your driveway regularly.

Benefit #2: Very Low Maintenance

With a concrete driveway, you don't have to worry about maintenance. You may want to apply a sealer to your driveway once a year. You may also want to pressure wash your driveway a few times a year to get it nice and clean looking.

However, due to the nature of laying down large square concrete slabs, there is little chance that you will have to deal with filling in cracks or potholes. You will not have to engage in the crack filling and seal coating process every year like you would with an asphalt driveway.

Benefit #3: Easy to Customize

Next, you can easily customize your concrete driveway. If you want something that looks a little fancier than a flat concrete slab, you can have a stamped concrete driveway installed. A stamped concrete driveway can mimic the look of other materials, such as brick or cobblestone, at a fraction of the installation and maintenance costs. You can also dye your concrete if you want to have colored concrete.

Benefit #4: Cool in the Summer

Finally, concrete does not absorb heat and get hot to the touch in the same way that asphalt does. Concrete is light in color and helps to reflect away heat. You can walk on concrete and touch it in the summer without worrying about the heat. You would have to worry if you had an asphalt driveway. It is nice to be able to walk outside in your bare feet without worrying about scorching the bottom of your feet while creating a safer outside environment for pets and children. 

If you need to install a new driveway, you should seriously consider installing a concrete driveway. A concrete driveway is easily customization, long-lasting, and requires little maintenance. Contact residential concrete contractors to learn more.