Concrete Driveway vs Concrete Pavers
Concrete pavers have advantages, but the most noticeable drawback is that they cost much more to install because pavers' labor costs are significantly more labor-intensive than pouring a new concrete driveway. To set up pavers, we first have to begin with a geotextile fabric layer, then a coating called a class II road foundation, subsequently bedding sand, and the pavers have been laid on top. So while it looks easy from the outside, pavers, at least when correctly done, take some time and require continued maintenance down the road. Pavers can also shift and upheave due to freezing and thawing where a concrete driveway will not.
Concrete vs Asphalt
Asphalt has many advantages, such as being faster to install than concrete; it's one hundred percent recyclable and much more flexible. This difference in materials used is very important in places where there's a huge freeze-thaw cycle that may lay siege to the less flexible concrete. One reason why the further north you go, the more likely you are to see blacktop leading up to homes. However, down here in the midwest, a lot of that thinking swings the other way with concrete becoming more durable and longer-lasting than asphalt. Asphalt softens in high temperatures, which has the ramifications of the hot Missouri sunlight, so concrete wins again in this category. Typically a concrete driveway is cheaper to install and will almost always last much longer than a typical asphalt driveway. This, in turn, saves the home or business owner money in the long run as the cost for repairs and new installations can be quite costly.
Concrete can also be any color you like, from soft natural washes to striking metallic sheens. Coloring concrete is a very specific skill and art; getting the proper shades and colors is essential to bring the project together. Give us a call today and let us answer any questions about stained concrete and how you can use it on your concrete driveway installation.
Stamped concrete and stained concrete usually go hand in hand. With stamped concrete, the home or business owner can choose from many different designs and texture. We here at Lee Summit concrete have seen a huge surge in decorative concrete driveways here in recent years. Homeowners like that they have a one of a kind driveway that stands out from nearly all the rest. We have the professionals you need to install your stamped concrete driveway and give you the drive that everyone is envious of.