Installing a concrete driveway is an investment worth making. It adds curb appeal, property value and decreases maintenance associated with gravel or old cracked driveways. A new driveway adds a safe, smooth surface for children to play with and makes keeping vehicles clean easier. Let’s dive into what makes concrete driveway cost worth it.
Increased Property Value
Adding a concrete driveway will increase property value. The amount of value depends on the size of the driveway. On average, the value rises by approximately 5,000 to 7,000 dollars. If you plan to sell your home or property soon, and your concrete is in disrepair, consider replacing it. Prospective buyers may submit lower offers anticipating the need to replace the driveway after their purchase.
If you are not planning to sell, a concrete driveway is a good investment in your future. A new concrete driveway requires less maintenance than other materials or older driveways with cracks or damage. Damaged driveways can upheave and shift, creating a tripping hazard. If your driveway crosses over a sidewalk, it is your responsibility as the homeowner to keep that area safe for community members.
Concrete Driveway Installation
Concrete professionals map the layout of the driveway. Once they have the form, they dig out the footprint for the concrete. The dirt is tamped down. If the ground needs additional firmness, sand, clay, or gravel is added and leveled. With the ground level, the driveway layout is marked with stakes and ropes. The concrete slab is formed with wood boards as a frame. When a driveway requires reinforcement, steel bars are placed inside the frame before pouring the concrete.
Once the slab preparation is complete, the concrete is poured. Concrete composition is essential to the integrity of the concrete. When excessive water is added to concrete, it can lead to shrinking, cracking, and reduced durability. Concrete contractors routinely work with their materials. They have the knowledge, skills, and tips to provide an appropriate mixture.
After the concrete is poured, professionals will add textures, grooves, and edges to the slab. Concrete requires time to cure. Forty-eight hours after the mixture is poured, the wood boards are removed, and people can walk on the surface. After seven days, traffic and equipment can begin to use the surface. Concrete is completely cured after 28 days. Your concrete installers will return to seal your concrete driveway. A proper seal is essential to the longevity of the concrete.
Concrete Driveway Cost
The process of installing concrete is detailed and time-consuming, which contributes to its cost. The cost of a concrete driveway varies based on location, availability of materials, and job size—concrete driveway costs range from six dollars to ten dollars per square foot.
Concrete driveways that are correctly installed and maintained can last up to 30 years. Concrete driveways are relatively low maintenance. They should be sealed about every three years. Ask your concrete installers for their recommended maintenance schedule of your driveway. If cracks appear or your concrete slabs begin to shift, contact your concrete installer. Changes in the surface of your driveway should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the entire slab. The cost of a repair is less expensive than replacing the whole slab prematurely.
Choosing Your Concrete Installer
Expertise is essential in concrete installation. It is best to collect a list of installers and gather quotes. Given the amount of time concrete takes to cure, keep that in mind when choosing your installer - can you complete the job in your time frame?
At Asphalt, Concrete & Brick Paver Peoria, our team of dedicated installers delivers professional, high-quality concrete driveways. Contact us today at (309) 324-3800 to make an appointment for your free quote.