Concrete is the best material for driveways for a number of reasons. It is strong, cost effective, and can be customized to be decorative. At G-CAT Construction, we believe in using concrete instead of asphalt for our driveways due to concrete being a sturdy, more versatile material that can be made to compliment any home.
Reason #1: A Quality, Strong Material
When dried and cured, concrete is a rigid, non-flexible material that can handle heavier loads than asphalt. Heavy vehicles like trucks or RVs can cause ruts in asphalt over time, whereas with concrete the material will always stay solid.
The surface of a concrete driveway can provide many other benefits. Concrete absorbs far less UV radiation than asphalt. This keeps your driveway cool, allowing you to walk across it barefoot without risk of burning yourself.
Concrete driveways also are resistant to dissolution. If an oily or corrosive compound is spilled on them, it may leave a stain, but the driveway’s integrity will remain unaffected. Asphalt, on the other hand, tends to release oils when exposed to corrosive fluids. These oils can stick to shoes, leading to you potentially tracking sticky material into your home or vehicle.
Reason #2: Cost-effectiveness
Concrete is one of the most cost-effective building materials available. Financial considerations may tempt homeowners towards asphalt, which has a lower upfront cost. However, concrete driveways last longer than asphalt, and require less maintenance.
In addition, asphalt is subject to cracking and disintegration due to exposure to sunlight, water, and chemicals. From the day of installation, the binders that hold asphalt together begin to dry out, further worsening any existing damage. Fixing this requires periodic sealing that adds up and becomes expensive.
Concrete, on the other hand, stays strong, and requires much less maintenance. The only maintenance concrete needs is a coat of sealer every twelve months to protect it from the weather, and the occasional crack repair. It will last longer than asphalt, making your investment in it worth your while.
Reason #3: Customization
Asphalt driveways will always turn out black, which limits the ways they can be used to compliment a home. On the other hand, concrete has near endless customization possibilities. Using special pigments called color hardeners, concrete can be changed from its normal gray to any color needed.
Furthermore, stamped concrete offers homeowners even more options. Stamped concrete is the act of pressing a pattern into the wet slab after pouring but before it hardens. Combined with color, a solid concrete slab can be made to replicate brick, stone, wood, and more. Even with the extra design flairs, the concrete will stay strong, durable, and weather-resistant.
At G-CAT Construction, we prefer using concrete for driveways for all these reasons and more. It is a versatile material that we have years of experience using. If you’re thinking about redoing your driveway and want to see what concrete can do for you, contact us today to get started.
Phone: (630) 736-1070
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2500 W Higgins Road, Suite 365
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169