Posted by Johna Mullinax on February 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Material cost AND design are both important to consider when buying a driveway. Concrete offers competitive initial costs and because it requires little maintenance it also offers considerable savings over many years.
Your concrete driveway gives your home it's first impression. Concrete adds value to your curb appeal by presenting a clean, professional appearance. Concrete driveways are built to last!
When it comes to driveways, concrete takes the most abuse, holds it's strength and has the longest life of any competitive product!
There are many color and texture options to choose from!
Regardless of the landscape around your home, concrete driveways are a sure fit. Enhancing your property with concrete is very resourceful and adds value to your property.
Concrete Care & Facts
There is no stronger, easier to care for, or longer lasting pavement product for your property. If properly cared for, your concrete job should last upwards of 20-30 years.
All concrete cracks. By the nature of it's chemical properties it shrinks while hardening in a process called "hydration". In properly placed concrete, these cracks caused by shrinkage are forced into hand or saw cuts for aesthetic reasons. While we generally control the cracking, there are times when the hydration process or frost movement will cause random cracking outside of our control cuts. There is no structural or strength loss in this, only aesthetic issues. Although your driveway is designed to carry any type of passenger vehicle load, please keep heavy and extra-heavy vehicles off the concrete whenever possible 26,000# and up.
Freeze/thaw cycles are the most damaging events to new concrete. New concrete is very much like skin with pores that open and close in relation to heat and cold. When open, these pores can allow water to penetrate the surface and when cooled-close and trap that water, which expands while freezing, weakening that area.
A sealer can be applied to help reduce the water absorption. We strongly recommend a re-application of a sealer in the first three years prior to winter to all outside areas subject to vehicle traffic.
Using de-icing materials exaggerates the freeze/thaw process and therefore can dramatically increase this type of damage. Sawdust or sand should be used in areas where traction or slipping is of concern. This will not damage your concrete. Please be aware that even though you may not use de-icers, municipalities are using them in record volume and your vehicles are carrying these de-icers onto your concrete.
Any de-icer will interact with a concrete surface causing deterioration. Be very careful of these products.
Concrete driveway repair replacement and design contractor servicing Shelby Township 48316 Michigan and surrounding areas