Your driveway is one of the most used, and most seen areas of a home. Because of this, it requires strength and durability, as well as beauty to maintain its integrity and add curb appeal. Concrete has gained in popularity for driveways for this reason. The low maintenance and strength that concrete offers to homeowners provide a cost-effective, yet low maintenance material for your driveway. The design versatility can enhance the curb appeal of your home with unique colors and textures. Cedar Rapids Concrete Pros contractors are, trained with the state of the art equipment to ensure that your concrete driveway installation is done to perfection.
Benefits of concrete for your driveway
A concrete driveway offers many benefits to the homeowner; the lower upfront installation cost is the primary benefit. For most, budgetary conditions will drive the decision for which material to choose. Concrete may have a slightly higher cost upfront than materials such as asphalt, but with the lifespan of a concrete driveway of up to 50% higher than asphalt the cost, in the long run, is significantly lower. For many homeowners, the standard grey of concrete provides considerable beauty, but it does not have to stop there. With stamped concrete textures and colors can be added to blend with the home's architectural design. Concrete is a non-flexible material that can withstand heavier loads than materials such as asphalt. The load capacity allows for no restrictions with the type and quantity of vehicles that your driveway sees daily.
Increased Resale Value
Do you think you might place your home on the market at some point near or in the future? If you answered yes, then think of the prospective buyers. A home with an asphalt driveway requires a significantly higher amount of monthly maintenance along with a reduced lifespan. Chances are, as a new homeowner with an asphalt driveway, you will need to replace the driveway within the first year of purchase. Above purchase costs, can add extra financial stress. A home with a concrete driveway requires significantly less maintenance and a lifespan of 25 years. Should you wish to sell your home in a concrete driveway will make it easier and even give you back some of your investment.
The energy costs of a concrete driveway are significantly lower than asphalt. The lower energy consumption makes it a more environmentally friendly paving solution. Concrete requires less energy to both produce and install. A large amount of energy is required to heat asphalt as well as the replacement of the seal coat every 3 – 5 years. A driveway with a longer lifespan will require less energy in the future for replacements and repairs.
How to choose the right contractor
When you choose a concrete contractor, there are several things you will need to consider. First and foremost, you will need to ensure all of the correct insurances are in place. Should anything happen during the installation, the insurance that the contractor has will ensure that the liability is not placed on you as a customer. Ensure that the contractors are all certified and qualified in the concrete industry and possess the right equipment to ensure a quality installation. The right contractor is vital, for a professional application to reap all of the benefits a concrete driveway has to offer.