If you've ever wanted a stamped concrete driveway but had some questions about them like:
How long do they last?
How much do they cost?
Does the color fade?
How much maintenance do they require?
How long do they take to install?
I'll answer those questions and more, so when you're comparing a stamped concrete driveway to other driveway materials, like asphalt or pavers, you'll see why a decorative concrete driveway offers you a much greater value.
Stamped concrete is much more durable than those other materials. If it is installed properly the lifespan could easily be 30 - 40 years.
One of the most important steps to a long lasting concrete driveway is the concrete driveway subbase preparation.
Installing good gravel that's been compacted and the proper drainage will help prevent the concrete from settling or heaving over many years of wear.
Coloring and stamping the concrete for your driveway will add a lot of curb appeal to your home and also increase the value of your home.
European fan pattern
Stone textured pattern
There are many stamped concrete designs and stamped concrete patterns to choose from. If you like cobblestone, slate, natural stone, brick, tile, or even a wood plank, these designs are easy to duplicate using concrete stamps and an experienced concrete contractor.
The cost of stamped concrete should be around 10 - 15 dollars a square foot. That's a good starting point for estimating.
There will always be other variables to consider. You should call a local stamped concrete contractor for an accurate price.
The price to prepare the subbase is seperate and depends on what material needs to be removed and how much gravel needs to be properly installed.
How long a patterned concrete driveway takes to install depends on its size and how many concrete finishers the contractor has working on it.
1000 - 2000 square feet of stamped concrete can easily be installed in one day for an experienced crew. You shouldn't drive on it for four or five days after, to let it cure and harden.
Brick with border
Slate with border
If you use integral colored concrete or a concrete acid stain they can fade a little if not cared for. All you have to do after cleaning it is spray or roll on a stamped concrete sealer about every 2 - 3 years and it will look like new again.
There is virtually no maintenance:
You don't have to coat every year with that thick black tar like asphalt.
It doesn't get soft in the hot sun like asphalt does.
Asphalt is usually 2 inches thick, a concrete driveway is 5 inches thick.
You don't have to reset shifting and moving pavers.
You don't have to pick weeds out of the joints like pavers.
Pavers can take twice as long to install.
As far as a stamped driveway being slippery, all driveways can be slippery if water, snow, or ice are present. There's an additive that can be sprayed on with the sealer that will yield a non slip grip.
The snow and ice on my concrete driveway melts as soon as the sun hits it. I love it!
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