Why should I have Grosse Construction install a concrete driveway at my home vs an asphalt driveway in Delaware, Powell, Columbus, Pickerington, Hilliard and Dublin Ohio?
A driveway has as much to do with the initial impression that people have of one’s home when come for a visit or just casually drive by. Although some people have gravel driveways and others who have the money for it choose to put in brick pavers, most people go with the two most common driveway types, which are asphalt and concrete. Asphalt may be favored by some for its low cost of installation; however, concrete is far superior to asphalt in a number of ways.
First, homeowners have a variety of options when it comes to choosing the appearance of the concrete. Some may prefer plain broom finished concrete because this is typically the cheapest option. On the other hand, those looking to dress up the appearance of the outside of their home, may wish to choose exposed aggregate concrete, which exposes the stone of the concrete mix for a pleasing aspect. Broom finishes is the least slippery option outdoors when they become wet due to there texture. Another choice for those who like the look of individual pavers but who do not have the budget to purchase them is stamped concrete. Concrete can be stamped in a variety of patterns, such as stones, wood or pavers, which costs more than the broom finished concrete option but is still less expensive than a real paver stone installation (also keep in mind with real pavers you have sinking issues and grass growing in them to contend with).
Second, concrete requires less regular maintenance than asphalt does. Asphalt must be sealed approximately every three to four years to maintain its surface. While concrete should also be sealed to prevent premature failure, it does not crack and create ruts the way asphalt does without sealant and maintenance. In addition, because asphalt is a softer type of surface, its integrity may be limited by grass and weeds growing into cracks as well as by ice and water if the cracks are not quickly repaired.
Third, although the cost of a concrete driveway may be initially higher, it actually pays for itself in the end by lasting exponentially longer than asphalt does. Asphalt driveways generally last around 20 years with proper maintenance. However, concrete driveways last for at least 30 years and up to 50 years with ideal maintenance, particularly in harsh climates.
Grosse Construction is an excellent choice for those who need a concrete driveway installed. They can provide broom finished concrete as well as a variety of decorative or stamped options for those looking for an exciting variation. With its great durability and easy maintenance, concrete driveways are the best options for numerous homeowners.