Concrete driveways comes with a wide variety of design and decorative options that gives luxury feel, can make your home landscaping unique and enhance property value.
As a material concrete is an excellent choice. It is versatile, preferred for durability and long-lasting, easy and hassle free for maintaince, awesome appearance, and indicates quality construction.
What Does a Concrete Driveway Cost
Usually the “costs for building concrete driveway” can be divided into three ranges, but can widely vary.
Average Price: $8 to $12 per square foot
This type of installation usually include textured concrete finish, one coloring method and abasic border
Basic installations usually include:
Only one coloring method;
Textured concrete finish;
Basic stencil is applied;
Building a simple and basic border;
Average Price: $12 to $18 per square foot
These type of installations incorporate contrasts with multiple colors and different patterns.
Some of the features are
Scored and stained concrete
Using multiplecolors or patterns
Building a contrasting border
Average Price: $18 and up per square foot
These installations are the ultimate choice in decorative concrete surfaces and customized driveways designs. They are extremely beautiful and eye-catching. Usually such installations include:
Selection of different scoring patterns and multiple stain colors;
Sawcut designs and chemical stain accents which are carefully hand-applied;
Beautiful hand-applied accents using advanced stenciling;
The above mentioned costs may vary depending on the project size, your contractor prices, prices for materials.
How to Maintain Your Concrete Driveway
One of the biggest advantages of concrete driveways is how little routine care and maintenance it will need during its lifetime. But as we all know there is no ground foudation material that is truly maintenance free. Below we will list some tips for extending the life of your driveway and keeping its condition and appereance good.
From time to time you need to reapply sealer, generally every 2-3 years.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when sealing.
Cleaning your concrete driveway on occasionally.
Avoid using chemicals when cleaning, including deicers during winter.
Remove stains as soon as possible.
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If you are seeing cracking, scaling or spalling on your driveway, the best bet is to resurface it as soon as possible in roder to avoid bigger damage.
When you apply resurfacing material, it will not only cover up the existing cracks, but also it will enchance the look of your driveway. Before you can go for a resurfacing, it’s important to remove any damaged concrete and repair noticeable cracks on your existing concrete. This way the overlay will have a solid base to bond to. If you want to read a more detailed step by step check our “overview of resurfacing a concrete driveway”.