Why are Concrete Driveways so Popular?
Visit almost any Brisbane suburb, and you’ll notice scores of homes featuring coloured, plain or stamped concrete driveways. Why is concrete so popular? Let’s take a look at the three main advantages concrete driveways offer below.
- Concrete Driveways are Aesthetically Appealing
- Concrete Driveways offer Durability + Flexibility
- Concrete is Ideal for Supporting Heavier Vehicles
Concrete Driveways are Aesthetically Appealing
For many people when they think ‘concrete driveway’ they picture a standard council-owned concrete footpath, only wider! However, modern concrete is an incredibly versatile material which can be refined using different techniques, stamps and pigments to complement a wide range of architectural styles. Here’s two of our favourite concrete driveway beautifying techniques:
- Colouring – Plain ‘concrete-coloured’ concrete can get boring, if you’d like something special for your driveway, opt for a coloured concrete. Concrete can be coloured with specifically designed pigments, so if you want a driveway that will match, or offset, your house’s colour-scheme, the option is available.
- Exposed Aggregate is another hard-wearing option that offers the visual appeal of different coloured natural stone. The stone can be colour matched to compliment your home and surrounding landscaping. Exposed aggregate also offers extra durability than standard concrete and can be mixed with coloured concrete opening up a diverse range of new design and colour combinations.
Concrete Driveways offer Durability + Flexibility
Way back in the day, ancient Romans used concrete to build monuments, roads, bridges and even sea harbours. Many of these structures still stand today; proof of the durable properties concrete can offer! While we no longer have access to the exact same materials available to ancient Romans, provided you invest in a quality concreting contractor, and maintain your driveway appropriately, you can expect your concrete driveway to last for 50 or more years. This compares favourably to asphalt driveways which are likely to give you about 30 years of service.
What makes concrete so durable? The ingredients that go into making modern concrete (Portland cement, water and aggregates) bond to each other, to produce an incredibly resilient and tough man-made stone. Once it’s hardened, concrete is weather resistant; structures made from concrete can handle rain, snow, pollution, hail storms and bushfires with enviable ease. Depending on the recipe used, concrete can also handle chemical spills including the likes of acid.
When you look at concrete, your first thought probably isn’t ‘flexible’ however, before it is set, concrete can be moulded to suit many different shapes. What this means for your driveway is that if you’ve got bumps and curves as part of the natural land formation, concrete is the perfect material to use. Concrete won’t crack or break in bumpy terrain, so long as it is poured and set correctly.
Concrete is Ideal for Supporting Heavier Vehicles
If you’ve ever stored a caravan or truck at a hard stand storage facility, the surface you parked on is quite likely to have been concrete. This is because concrete is an incredibly rigid, tough material which can support very heavy loads when engineered specifically to do so. Other surfacing materials, like asphalt which is softer than concrete, can actually flex, rut and break down under heavy weights.
At Asphalt Concepts we are experienced at installing concrete for multiple purposes, from roads to sporting courts and we are more than happy to engineer a concrete driveway capable of supporting your campervan, truck or other heavy vehicle, without damaging the surface.
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