As the focal point for your home, paying close attention to how you present your driveway is paramount. Unlike the property itself, it’s easy to see how the driveway beside it can become neglected. A combination of wear and tear, and the fact that the car on top of it can cover a multitude of sins such as cracking means that your driveway doesn’t always get the attention it clearly deserves.
Concrete: quite literally ‘born slippy’
One of the primary problems with concrete driveways is that they just don’t provide an adequate amount of traction in icy weather. With this Winter expected to be of the coldest ones on record, it’s fair to assume that frost and ice will become as much a staple of Christmas as turkey and tinsel.
Add to this the fact that concrete driveways are prone to crack in extreme weather and you have a potential pressure cooker of conditions that can prove hazardous when combined. Consequently, additional attention will need to be paid to constantly repairing and patching the surface.
It’s a well-known fact that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet when it comes to concrete driveways, it’s definitely worth making an exception.
A major problem with concrete driveways is that although they may be less prone to damage from oil spillages, when said spillages inevitably happen, they tend to leave more visible stains than they do on other materials, such as resin. As a result, a stunning new driveway can be spoiled in a matter of seconds.
Despite the unrivalled, load-bearing properties of concrete driveways, their lack of substantial resistance makes them prime targets for surface spalling. Common signs of spalling include a broken, flaked appearance to the concrete, as well as visible pitting.
One obvious drawback of surface spalling is compromised aesthetics, but on a deeper level, you’re looking at much more serious defects that are hard to fix, such as permanent structural damage.
Ongoing maintenance problems
Another point that’s crucial to consider is the ongoing maintenance problems with concrete driveways. In Winter, many homeowners must use de-icing salts to combat the slippery surface of their driveway, yet concrete reacts adversely to these preventative measures. It’s a catch-22 situation: you want to try and minimise slipping, yet the necessary measure to resolve this can create greater damage to your concrete driveway over all.
Concrete’s just not cost-effective in the long run!
Sure, maintenance costs for concrete driveways may be substantially less than for asphalt, but when you factor its porous composition and cracking into the equation, you’re more than likely going to want to consider more resilient materials.
Other options to consider
The problems with concrete driveways are clearly manifold, and the good news is that there are plenty of alternatives available. More and more homeowners are discovering the benefits of opting for a resin bonded driveway instead.
Relatively cheap to install, resin bonded driveways are leading the way in the driveways debate, immune to the kinds of damage displayed in good old-fashioned concrete.
Possessing optimum levels of performance, and increased durability, choosing a resin bonded driveway means that you’re investing in a fully-functioning driveway that can battle the elements like the best of them.