Concrete Driveway 101 – Everything You Need To Know

Concrete Driveway 101 – Everything You Need To Know

Are concrete driveways better than asphalt?

Overall, the difference between asphalt and concrete driveways is that asphalt is less durable than concrete. It has a 30-year lifespan if maintained properly. Concrete on the other hand, will last  50+ years with only occasional maintenance and degreasing.

Cost Differences Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways

The cost of an asphalt driveway is typically cheaper than concrete, costing $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot. In contrast, a concrete driveway costs between $4.00 and $6.00 per square foot for a standard installation. Finishes, details, and stains can increase the price tag to as much as $15.00 per square foot.

Are concrete driveways good?

Concrete is a favoured material for driveways, and for good reason. Concrete slabs are extremely sturdy, long-lasting, and low-maintenance. Concrete is a comparatively cost-effective material for paving huge areas due to its strength and durability combined.

Can a concrete driveway be resurfaced?

Yes, concrete driveways can be resurfaced to refresh their appearance. Resurfacing your concrete driveway also helps to protect it from the elements. 

Can you paint over a concrete driveway? 

Most concrete driveways can be painted over, as long as the concrete is free from large cracks and any minor cracks are repaired first.

Can you fix large cracks in a concrete driveway?

Wide cracks in concrete are best patched and sealed with a concrete patching compound. Smaller cracks, less than 1/4 inch wide, can be repaired with a concrete caulk or liquid filler. Patching compounds typically are mixed with water and applied with a trowel.

Can you pour a concrete driveway in the winter?

There is no reason to avoid pouring concrete in cold weather, provided you can take the proper precautions. Done properly, concrete poured in cool weather is actually stronger than concrete poured in hot weather, thanks to the slow curing period.

How long does a concrete driveway take to cure?

Normally, concrete needs 24 to 48 hours to dry completely before you can drive or walk on it. However, concrete drying is a continual and fluid process that typically takes around 28 days to acquire its maximum effective strength.

What is concrete driveway spalling?

Spalling concrete is a common problem where part of the surface peels, breaks or chips away. Also known as scaling, it is the result of a weak surface that is susceptible to damage. If you notice your concrete driveway spalling, contact our London concrete contractors today.


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