Material cost AND designed life are both important to consider when making a choice. Concrete offers competitive initial costs and because it requires little or no maintenance, also offers considerable savings over time.
Your driveway gives your home it's first impression. Concrete adds value to your curb appeal by presenting a clean, professional appearance. Concrete driveways are built to last!
When it comes to driveways, concrete takes the most abuse, holds it's strength and has the longest life of any competitive product!
Your imagination is the limit! Virtually any color, texture or pattern can be duplicated with concrete.
Regardless of the landscape around your home, concrete driveways are a sure fit. Enhancing your property with concrete is resourceful and brings added value.
There is no stronger, easier to care for, or longer lasting pavement product for your residential home. If properly cared for, your concrete job should last 20-30 years.
All concrete cracks. By the nature of it's chemical properties it shrinks while hardening in a process called "hydration". In properly placed concrete, these cracks caused by shrinkage are forced into hand or machine cuts for aesthetic reasons. While we generally control the cracking, there are times when the hydration process or frost movement will cause random cracking outside of our control cuts. There is no structural or strength loss in this, only aesthetic issues. Although your driveway is designed to carry any type of passenger vehicle load, please keep heavy and extra-heavy vehicles off the concrete whenever possible 26,000# and up.
Freeze/thaw cycles are the most damaging events to new concretes' durability. New concrete is very much like skin with pores that open and close in relation to heat and cold. When open, these pores can allow water to penetrate the surface and when cooled-close and trap that water, which expands while freezing, weakening that area.
A cure water-bases sealer is applied to your job to help protect against this. We strongly recommend a re-application of a sealer in the first three years prior to winter to all outside areas subject to vehicle traffic.
Using de-icing materials exaggerates the freeze/thaw process and therefore can dramatically increase this type of damage. Sawdust or sand should be used in areas where traction or slipping is of concern. This will not damage your concrete. Please be aware that even though you may not use de-icers, municipalities are using them in record volume and your vehicles are carrying these de-icers onto your concrete.
Any de-icer will interact with a concrete surface causing deterioration. Be very careful of these products