A concrete driveway could be an excellent solution for your home. Usually, concrete driveways are made from mixed concrete that is poured onto a prepared base with forms to stop it from seeping all over your front garden, and it’s left to set. However, some concrete driveways are made from concrete slabs that are set in the ground.
Why should you consider a concrete driveway?
Concrete driveways are extremely durable in all types of weather, which is great news for the UK as our summers continue to get hotter and the winters are harsher. The only comparable surface in terms of durability in all weathers is asphalt, but it’s still not quite as durable as concrete.
Concrete driveways are also low maintenance, with not much more than a bit of sweeping and the occasional pressure wash to get rid of any stubborn marks required. Compared to gravel driveways where perfectionists might want to sweep the gravel back onto the drive every day, concrete driveways are the low-maintenance option.
If you’re imagining a dreary grey concrete driveway, it no longer has to be this way. While a standard concrete driveway might be perfect for those that want a neutral surface that blends in with their home, you can now inject a bit of colour into your concrete driveway and make it a little more exciting. You can even get patterns imprinted into it to give the appearance of block paving or even cobbles or granite. This is a perfect option when you want a decorative surface but don’t want to sacrifice durability.
Will a concrete driveway save me money?
Concrete driveways are not the cheapest option. Compared to tarmac and gravel, they are more expensive per m2, so if you have a large driveway to surface then it will set you back a lot of money. However, a concrete driveway will last years – potentially up to 50. So in the long term, you may find it saves you money, especially because you won’t have to fork out on maintenance either.