Concrete is a great option for driveway paving because it is an easy to use material that holds up incredibly well against all weather conditions. Concrete is also very good at holding up under intense sunlight and, unlike asphalt, doesn’t hold on to heat as well. Concrete is a bit more expensive than asphalt is, but the cost, relative to what concrete gives you, is worth it. Concrete is beautiful and can be either poured in a slab or poured in to paving stones, which can be used to lay down a driveway.
Steps to Paving
The steps to laying down a concrete driveway are numerous and can be a lot of work to take on. The first step is to prep the area that a concrete driveway will be poured on to. This usually involves properly grading the earth and making sure that there is a flat surface too pour concrete on top of. We then block out the area with molding and mix the concrete solution. After that, we pour the concrete on to the earth, inside the molds, and let it sit and dry.
The Right Time to Pave
Pouring concrete can be done at any dry time of the year. If it has rained recently, it is highly advised to not pour a concrete driveway until the ground has had a chance to dry out. Water is the enemy of any concrete structure and, if the ground is wet, it can cause massive problems for the future of your concrete driveway. For this reason, we always advise to have a concrete driveway poured during the warmer months, before rain becomes an issue. Other than avoiding water, there is really no certain time that we need to pave during; the choice is firmly up to you.
Why Use Concrete
There are several materials that you could use to pave your driveway with, but concrete is a great option. Concrete is a good choice because of its natural ability to deflect water and stand up under almost all weather conditions. Concrete also holds up well under intense sunlight and, while it can fade in color, it usually takes years. Concrete is also very sturdy while dealing with heavy loads and can hold pretty much any vehicle that you’d drive on top of it. Concrete is also very cost effective, so it will not break your bank.
Another option within concrete driveways is to use concrete pavers. While a solid slab driveway is constructed out of poured concrete that is left to set, a driveway made of concrete pavers is built out of individual paving stones. These stones are usually made to look like brick and are laid as interlocking structures. Concrete pavers give a really nice, modern look to your driveway and, because they are no joined together, they allow for natural movement. An added benefit of this driveway type is that, should a paver become damaged, it can be individually replaced.