Concrete is a top choice for driveways because your driveway will have a longer life with less maintenance. Another advantage is that concrete is quite versatile – a simple finish can provide you with the benefits of its durability or you can take advantage of the many decorative options to give your driveway both durability and a unique and distinguished appearance.
However, you do have options so let’s look at some of those…
One option is an asphalt driveway. With the increased maintenance and decreased longevity, an asphalt driveway can actually work out to cost more in the long run than concrete. If it’s not properly maintained, an asphalt driveway may start deteriorating after just a few years. In addition asphalt is soft and that can lead to indentations in the driveway especially in places where car tires often sit. Asphalt or its sealant often sticks to shoes and gets tracked into a home.
Cobblestones, bricks or pavers are another option. They are all more expensive than concrete. In the climate of Northeast Ohio they tend to pop or sink leading to a surface that is not level. During the snowy winter they can make it harder to shovel and are more easily damaged by plowing. During the growing season the space between them becomes a great spot for weeds to grow.
Another option people consider is putting a stone overlay on top of the concrete. This creates height differences that often aren’t taken into consideration before the product is applied. There will be a difference where the new surface meets existing surfaces – like garage floors and sidewalks. If it is extended into the garage, what impact will that additional height have on the garage door or entry door? Some other downfalls are that it is susceptible to chemical damage (not good where you are parking cars), it is porous (more likely to stain), it loosens easily and deteriorates quickly when installed over bad concrete.
You can quickly tell that concrete has many advantages over other options:
- Moderately priced
- Low Maintenance
- Solid surface
- Decorative options