Why You Should Choose Stamped Concrete for Your Concrete Driveway
Basic concrete driveways are very durable and last a long time. However, they all look the same and have similar designs. So, what can you do when you want a concrete driveway that looks different from all the rest in your neighborhood? Get a stamped concrete driveway installed, of course.
What Is a Stamped Concrete Driveway?
A stamped concrete driveway is a concrete driveway that has a texture, pattern, or another design that is stamped into the wet concrete before it cures and hardens. As a result, stamped concrete patterns make it possible to get the look and feel of tile, brick, wood, or stone easily.
Another feature of stamped concrete is the option to add color to the wet concrete to dye it before it is poured and stamped. For example, if you wanted a natural wood design, you could have the concrete dyed to match the brownish-gray look of weathered wood.
Stamped Concrete Driveway Benefits
#1. Adds to the Curb Appeal of Your Home
Concrete driveways already add to the value of your home, thanks to their durability and longevity. However, you can further increase the curb appeal of your home by choosing to have a stamp pattern put into the concrete.
#2. Can Be Added Over an Existing Concrete Driveway
Suppose you already have a concrete driveway but want to give it a new look. You do not need to replace your existing driveway to get a stamped one. Instead, the existing driveway is thoroughly cleaned and a new layer of cement is added to it. Then it is stamped in the desired pattern.
#3. Provides a High-End Look Without the Cost
Pavers, bricks, and tiles are much more expensive to install for a driveway than stamping the concrete in the desired pattern. So, you can get the right look without spending a fortune to get it.
#4. Easy to Maintain
Just like a traditional concrete driveway, a stamped one is easy to maintain. You simply hose it off or sweep it to remove dirt and debris. You can also powerwash it annually. However, after power washing it, you will want to have it resealed.
#5. A Wide Range of Patterns
There is a wide range of stamping patterns you can choose from, including:
- Stone Textures
- Wood Planks
#6. More Durable Than Other Materials
One of the top benefits of concrete driveways is their durability over other materials. With a stamped driveway, you also gain this benefit compared to using bricks, tiles, or other materials that can sink, shift, move, or be easily damaged.
#7. Better Crack Resistance
Stamped concrete is less porous than traditional concrete driveways. As a result, it is less likely to develop cracks because it is stronger. Furthermore, when it is installed by a professional and well-maintained, you should rarely, if ever, have any problems with cracking.
#8. Easy to Change Patterns and Designs
you want to give your home’s exterior a new look. All that is required is to pour a new layer of concrete over the existing driveway and stamp it in the new pattern or design. You could even change the color of your driveway if you wanted.
#9. Will Not Fade
Concrete is naturally fade-resistant, so the color of your driveway will never change. Even if you decide to have color added, the color is sealed into the concrete. Regular concrete resealing ensures the color of your driveway is preserved and never fades.
#10. Lasts Just as Long as Traditional Concrete Driveways
Stamped concrete is designed to last for several decades with proper care and maintenance, just like regular concrete driveways. As such, it is easy to get 20, 30, or more years out of your stamped driveway.
Stamped concrete is not just for driveways. You can have your concrete patio, concrete deck, and concrete walkways all stamped to match the pattern of your driveway.
Stamped Driveways in Houston
Whether you are having a new driveway installed or want to give your existing concrete driveway a new look, Cross Construction Services offers stamped concrete services in the greater Houston area. Please feel free to contact us at 713-254-1703 for a free estimate today.