A concrete driveway is a great way to add value to your home. While the cost is higher than an asphalt driveway, many homeowners feel it is worth the investment for its clean lines, durability and low maintenance. As a professional residential concrete contractor, we can properly install a concrete driveway. This will give you an average 30 years of service with proper concrete maintenance.
A big advantage for homeowners who choose concrete is the ability to customize. Choose from stamped and stenciled varieties to give driveways and walkways around your home an upscale or truly personal look. Concrete also can be custom mixed to increase its durability for specific usage requirements—for example, to allow for parking of an RV.
Your concrete driveway can be installed with expansion joints to protect it from cracking during extreme temperature changes. As aging concrete develops cracks, professional repair or replacement of sections can usually extend the life of your driveway.
Our professionals will work with you to plan your new concrete driveway, from measuring and inspecting the area to be paved, to identifying your usage habits, to accommodating your schedule for installation. A little planning makes a difference – concrete should cure for one week before you drive on it.
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- Lasts 20 to 40 years, depending on usage and maintenance
- Allow a week to cure before use
- Power wash and sealant every few years keeps it like new
- Added expansion joints protect from temperature changes
- Can be mixed to withstand heavy loads without cracking, sinking, or chipping
- Can be upgraded to stamped and stenciled
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Concrete is a low-maintenance paving option that provides many years of attractive, reliable service. The additional cost for installation is often worth it for families looking for decorative options or who simply want the longer life without the frequent maintenance. Is it best for you? Here are some common questions about concrete performance and care.
My new concrete driveway is cracking. Is that normal?
It is perfectly normal for some cracking to occur as concrete cures. All driveways are installed with joints specifically so the cracks occur in these places. Unfortunately, cracks can sometimes occur elsewhere as your driveway dries and cures. Understand that your sealant protects your driveway when these cracks occur so no damage results from moisture seepage.
Be aware that excessive cracking that occurs within a couple of months of installation is not normal and should be examined by your contractor.
How often should I clean and seal my concrete?
In Northeast Ohio, where salt and deicers are used on the roads for several months of the year, applying a sealant to your concrete every two years is best. Be sure to clean your concrete before sealing, using a mild detergent and a power washer. For decorative concrete, it is best to contact the manufacturer to get recommendations on detergents, cleaning techniques and sealing.
For staining caused by oil or other fluid leaks, you can use a degreaser and wire brush. For best results and the least amount of staining, clean oil dripping and leaks soon after they occur.
Before sealing, thoroughly examine your driveway and repair cracks and chips that may leave your driveway vulnerable to additional damage from water seepage.
Will standing water on my concrete damage it?
Shallow puddling on your concrete after rain is not cause for concern. Low spots that hold a small amount of water are not uncommon, but if puddling is more than 1/4 inch deep and two feet in diameter, it should be addressed, as it can cause spalling and could indicate a bigger problem with your paving.
When can I use my new concrete driveway?
Allow your driveway to cure for one week before driving your car on it. Wait up to 30 days before allowing parking of any vehicle, or driving heavier vehicles on your driveway. Understand that your concrete is not engineered for such vehicles as moving trucks and construction equipment, and they should never be allowed access.
Can I use deicers on my concrete?
Deicers and products that contain ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulfates will damage your concrete. Rock salt, calcium chloride and a simple plastic bladed shovel are your best choices for protecting your driveway from pitting, chipping and scratches.