Driveways are often taken for granted. We park our cars over them and we just expect them to remain in the same condition indefinitely. Then we just forget about them.
The truth is, driveways sometimes need to be redone. It doesn’t have to cost a great deal to do this. But there are other things to consider, like who you intend to hire or whether you will use asphalt or concrete. If you decide on concrete, you then get to choose between polished concrete, stamped concrete or keep it simple with a no-frills cement pour.
We at Patriarch Construction understand these concerns. In this article, we will address them with the goal of keeping you informed to make a wise decision.
Stamped concrete is close to a normal driveway pour, with one difference. Once the concrete is poured you have to carefully pick the moment to embed the stamped patterns into the cement before it completely cures.
Naturally, you would expect driveway concrete contractors to know when that moment is, and we do.
Even though we specialize in concrete driveways, we understand the consumer’s need to compare value. So let’s look at a comparison of concrete versus asphalt.
Asphalt is usually half the cost per square foot than cement to install initially. However, since asphalt needs resealing every 2 years or so, this adds to the overall cost. When done right, you pay for concrete once.
Asphalt needs regular maintenance and resealing at regular intervals. On the plus side, if you don’t mind that, your asphalt driveway can last up to 30 years. With concrete, once it’s poured, cured and sealed, you may never have to do a thing with it. They can last twice as long as asphalt.
Calgary’s extreme winter conditions wear more on asphalt than concrete, which can last twice as long as asphalt. Concrete also tends to be more attractive to buyers. The last thing they want to do when buying a house is redoing their driveway.
Instead of lamenting about the current condition of your driveway, drive over to Patriarch Construction. We will add our expertise to the mix to help you decide what’s best for your driveway project. You can also email or phone us.