New concrete driveways and driveway replacements are without question among the best property investments and residential improvements that a home or business owner can make. Homebuilders, contractors, and landscapers uniformly agree upon this fact. Drives are needed, and they also accentuate the premises and surroundings.
Concrete driveways are durable, functional, attractive, safe, and often very much needed due to water run-off patterns or weather. Even after allowing for any special lawn concerns, they are still routinely installed without problems or difficulties.
Most importantly, concrete drives provide a great “bang for the buck” during these trying economic times. Despite being reasonably priced – a properly designed, planned, poured, shaped, finished, and cured concrete driveway will generally last for decades. Yes, decades. With hardly any upkeep costs, concrete installations are extremely cost-efficient when compared to asphalt or rock driveways. (The cost of replacing old driveways with new ones, and carting the old concrete off, is also reasonable.)
What Types Of Concrete Driveways Are Available?
Today’s concrete contractors are not only able to provide basic driveway installations, but can also professionally lay decorative concrete driveways of all types. These include stamped concrete (to mimic hard stone, slate, brick, flagstone, wood, tile, geometric figures, blocks, and more) or colored concrete (acid stained, dyed, or painted, etc) and even various forms of concrete with embedded stones or pebbles. These special yet still relatively inexpensive projects add much value to properties.
What To Look For In Concrete Contractors
It is absolutely imperative that an honest, responsible, and reputable concrete contractor or company be hired to pour concrete driveways. That’s common sense. As a client you should be able to ask for a written estimate, project references, and even photographs of completed concrete installations. Generally speaking, the cheapest firm is NOT the best. In this industry you often get precisely what you pay for. Fortunately, prices are still in a reasonable range. Be aware of here today, gone tomorrow outfits. Good contractors usually own at least a portion of their equipment, and maintain a working office or base of operations. Many have legitimate business cards and brochures, as well. It simply goes with the territory and the industry.
David Gipson is the Owner of Concrete Contractors Inc. in Atlanta Georgia. David regularly writes about general construction in the Atlanta area including Driveway Atlanta and Concrete Driveway Marietta