If your property needs a new driveway, you may be considering installing an asphalt surface. However, before you make your decision, you should also consider the benefits of laying down a concrete surface on your driveway. Below is a guide to 4 benefits of installing a concrete driveway.
Concrete can feature a customised appearance
When you think of concrete, you may imagine a flat surface which is a uniform grey colour. However, your concrete contractor will be able to stamp, paint and stain the concrete to create a wide range of different colours and textures. This will allow you to create a truly unique driveway that complements the look of the rest of your home and its walkways and patio areas and makes your home look inviting and attractive.
Concrete has a long life
Concrete is a resilient and strong material. It has an average lifespan of around 30 years, compared to asphalt, which has a lifespan which is around half as long. The cost of installing concrete is generally higher than asphalt, with a 15-metre concrete driveway costing between $2,150 and $2,450 depending on the slope of the ground, with additional charges for any additional decorative finishes. This is considerably more than the cost of installing an asphalt driveway. However, this higher cost of installation is offset by the money you will save on replacement and repair of the surface during its long lifetime.
Concrete is durable
If you spill petrol or oil on your driveway, it will cause much more extensive damage to an asphalt surface compared to a concrete surface. This is because asphalt contains a petroleum base, which triggers a chemical reaction when it comes into contact will petrol or oil. This chemical reaction results in the chemical bonds which hold the asphalt together breaking down. Because concrete does not have a petroleum base, it can withstand contact with petrol or oil without becoming damaged.
Concrete is environmentally friendly
While both asphalt and concrete can be recycled at the end of their life, the methods used to recycle concrete are much more environmentally friendly when compared to those used to recycle asphalt. The process used to recycle asphalt uses heat to break down the substance, which results in the release of emissions and fumes. Concrete is recycled by being broken down and added to new batches of concrete as they are produced. This is much more environmentally friendly.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of concrete, contact a concreting contractor today.