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The Best of Decorative Concrete Driveways

Jan 17th 2015 at 2:44 AM

One of the greatest advantages of concrete is its versatility. With a standard asphalt driveway, owners have little control over how the end product will look. With concrete driveways, however, they can design a driveway that complements their home and matches their personal style preferences.

There are two main components of creating a decorative concrete driveway: color and pattern. Concrete stains spanning the color spectrum are available. Some versions are mixed directly into the concrete to create specific colors throughout. Others are applied to the concrete once it's already formed and cured, which allow homeowners to revamp existing driveways with the color of their choice. Patterns can be added to concrete through various stamping techniques. Concrete stamps are available in a huge range of styles and sizes. Combining these stain and stamping allows homeowners to design their own custom driveway.

Another benefit of decorative concrete driveways is their affordability. There are options that fit almost any budget. At the basic end, homeowners can choose to apply a single color stain to their driveway. By adding a single stamping technique in addition or in place of the color, they can achieve a higher-end look for a reasonably affordable price. In the mid-range, customers can choose to use a couple contrasting colors or create variations in the pattern of their driveways. Although advanced designs do cost more than their basic counterparts, they allow the creation of complex designs that incorporate multiple colors and patterns. There is also the possibility of adding handcrafted detailing with advanced decorative techniques.

Compared to complex paver or natural stone driveways, decorative concrete is also faster to install and easier to maintain. The speed of installation is selling point for many customers. Experienced installers can create a custom concrete driveway in a short period of time, minimizing the mess and disruption to the homeowner.Although concrete may need to be resealed periodically, it's not an every year maintenance task, simplifying upkeep.

Concrete driveways offer unlimited customization possibilities. Whether you want to enhance an existing driveway with a splash of color or create a custom driveway that boasts hand-detailing and complex colors and patterns, concrete fits the bill.

Visit this website to discover the design possibilities that ready mix concrete in San Jose can offer.

Author Bio

Brett has had a lifelong interest in plants and trees and writes about his interest as a creative outlet. You can read his latest musings at landscaping plans blog.

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