Is a Concrete Driveway Worth the Investment?

If you need to replace your driveway, you are likely considering a concrete driveway investment. However, some customers hesitate due to the cost. We can’t really blame them—there is no such thing as a cheap driveway if you want something that works. But concrete pays for itself eventually. Here are five reasons why investing in a concrete driveway is a good idea:

  • Improves curb appeal: Even if you do not intend to sell your home soon, you still want to preserve curb appeal. Curb appeal refers to the first impression of your home, and the driveway is often the most noticeable element. Cracks, potholes and other damage are not visually appealing and can hold back buyers if your house is on the market. At the very least, diminished curb appeal may give the wrong impression.
  • Design options: You may be okay with a plain driveway, but concrete offers options. You can stamp concrete with patterns that resemble stones, brick, slate or flagstone. Try simpler designs if you want texture but are on a budget. For example, contractors can use hand towels or brooms to create line patterns or swirls. Your contractor may have other ideas of textures and designs that fit your budget.
  • Longevity: Properly-installed concrete driveways can last 30 years or longer. Concrete stands up to heavier vehicles and drains water better than asphalt. While years of heavy rainstorms take a toll on asphalt, concrete barely notices the difference. If you drive larger and heavier vehicles or face water accumulation due to your lot elements, concrete is your best option.
  • Easy to maintain: Concrete does not require the same maintenance as asphalt. Asphalt driveways often need resealing six months to a year after installation. This is due to the softer surface and reduced durability. Your concrete driveway does not require service until five years after installation. Concrete is also easy to clean. You can hose it off or use pressurized water to remove stains, debris and mildew. A stiff broom is sufficient for removing most dirt or less intense messes. Asphalt is softer and cannot withstand pressure washers. Any stains on asphalt are likely permanent unless you arrange for professional cleaning.
  • Quick home sales: A concrete driveway is an advantage if you intend to sell your home within the next few years. Prospective homeowners prefer concrete and are willing to pay more for homes with concrete driveways. This advantage expands if you use stamped or textured concrete for a unique look. Even if you do not intend to sell for a while, concrete offers an advantage. Due to its durability, it’s more likely to maintain a like-new appearance even if you wait a decade or more to sell.

Whether you want a plain driveway or stamped concrete, investing in a concrete driveway pays off in the long run. If you are ready to take the plunge into a concrete driveway investment, Maddox Concrete, LLC is here to help. Our skilled professionals repair and pour driveways for residential and commercial customers. Call us today to schedule an estimate.