Concrete is a material which is affordable, durable and versatile. This makes it the ideal choice for a wide range of uses around your property. If you are considering which material to use to pave your driveway or patio, below are four reasons you should seriously consider opting for concrete.
Concrete has aesthetic appeal
When you think of concrete, you may think of dull grey slabs used in industrial buildings. However, modern domestic concrete is available is a range of colours, patterns and textures. This means you can create a fantastic look by perfectly matching the concrete surfaces around your home to the rest of the property. Concrete can also be pattern stamped in order to create the look of another material such as cobblestones or bricks.
Concrete is highly durable
When properly installed, concrete has a very long lifespan. On average, a concrete surface will last between 25 and 50 years. While some maintenance and repair work will need to be carried out during this time, the frequency of repairs is generally less that that required for asphalt. While most stains will be able to be removed using soap and warm water, oil stains from a vehicle may require the use of a granular cleaner to restore the look of the original surface.
Concrete is economical
While installing a concrete surface will require an initial investment, because of the long lifespan of the material and the reduced need for repair, it is still an economical choice. The size of your initial investment will depend on the type of concrete you wish to use and the size of the area you wish to cover. For plain concrete, you can expect to pay between $60 to $85. For concrete which features a decorative stencil, you will pay between $100 to $150 per square. A concrete driveway can also help to add value to your property if you decide to sell it, so the cost can easily be recouped.
Concrete increases safety and security
Concrete features a non-slip surface which helps to provide additional safety during the winter months or during wet weather. Other materials do not offer the same safety level of stability for vehicles, which can increase the risk of skidding. Concrete also acts as a reflective surface which will help to reflect and enhance illumination from security lights on your home, helping to deter intruders while also allowing you to safely navigate around your property at night.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of concrete, contact a concrete contractor like Liquid Rock Constructions Pty Ltd today.