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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.

Average Concrete driveway cost

How much your concrete driveway or patio project will cost you depends on the size it will be and where it’s located. It also depends on the professional you hire to help you. However, generally speaking, the average price for a concrete driveway or patio is £1,750.

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Concrete driveway installation cost in 2021

Labour cost £1,225
Material cost £438
Waste removal £88
Time frame: 1-3 days

Advantages for Concrete driveway

  • Concrete is very strong and durable
  • Concrete can also be colored to create a unique and attractive driveway
  • Concrete is a relatively affordable option when you consider longevity
  • Concrete driveways can be installed relatively quickly
  • There's little maintenance required

Disadvantages for Concrete driveway

  • Concrete is more expensive than gravel and asphalt
  • The standard grey concrete colour isn't very attractive
  • If a concrete driveway gets damaged, you'll have to replace the whole thing rather than get it repaired

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Concrete driveway FAQs

My garden is sloped, can I install a patio?

Patios are suitable for many gardens. If you do not have a flat area already, consider having some landscaping work done to create one. If your garden is on a very extreme slope, you could have a multi-layered (terraced) patio with steps between each layer. Ask for advice and get quotes if you're not sure.

How to concrete a driveway

Whether you’re going to hire a professional to create your concrete driveway or are trying DIY, it’s a good idea to know how to create one.

Firstly, make sure you’ve thought carefully about the size and location of your driveway, and mark it out with pegs and string. Then, you’ll need to dig out the area. Ideally this should be about 20cm deep – 10cm for the subbase and 10cm for the concrete layer. Make sure this is level and compress both the soil and the subbase with a compactor if needed.

Then, you’ll need to assemble the formwork for your driveway. These are pegged out planks of wood or metal that support the edges of your driveway while it’s setting. If your driveway is more than 4 metres long, you’ll also need to create control joints to allow the concrete to settle without cracking.

Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to pour on the concrete. You’ll need to level it and ideally give it some texture so the surface has some grip. Cover your concrete driveway with plastic sheeting when you’re happy with the finish and leave it to set. Make sure you don’t walk or drive on it until it’s completely set – this usually takes 3-10 days. Then, you can remove the framework and enjoy your new driveway.

Do I need to seal my concrete driveway?

Sealing your driveway isn’t 100% necessary, but it is recommended. It will help keep your driveway in good condition and increase how long it lasts. Sealer should be applied approximately once every 2 years, or when your driveway begins to show signs of deterioration.

How to resurface a painted concrete patio

A big benefit to concrete is that you can paint it, making it easy to customise and coordinate with your outside area. However, it’s easy to resurface it too, so if you change your mind or inherit a patio that’s the wrong colour, you don’t need to worry.

Start by cleaning the surface with water and a brush. If you come up against any tough stains, you might need to use a detergent and water mix to remove them. Then you can prepare your resurfacer.

Generally, it’s best to apply resurfacer to a moist surface, although make sure you follow the instructions on the specific product you buy. You’ll need to mix the resurfacer with water, then pour and spread it on with a trowel or brush. You might need to apply multiple coats, and can add texture if you want to make the surface more grippy.

Ensure you protect any expansion joints in your patio with duct tape or weather stripping to stop the resurfacer from filling them in. You can also add a colour agent to your resurfacer before you apply it if you’d like to customise the colour.

What materials do patios come in?

Patios can be made from brick, natural stone or paving stones or slabs. These materials come in a huge range of colours, sizes and effects, so your patio can perfectly complement your garden space. Have a look for yourself or get a paver in to show you and bring samples.

How to seal cracks in a concrete driveway

Cracks on your concrete driveway can look scruffy and unsightly. They can also lead to further damage, as moisture can get into the cracks and make them worse. So, it’s important to seal the cracks as soon as you can.

Start by cleaning the area and removing any loose materials. This will help any new materials you introduce to bond with your existing driveway. Then use concrete caulking or sealer to fill in the cracks. You’ll need to use a trowel to push the filler firmly into the crack.

Once you’ve filled in the crack, make sure you consult the product instructions and leave it for the amount of time specified before using your concrete driveway again.

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