Concrete is the backbone of any construction venture from sky high skyscrapers to ornamental concrete projects for your home. All places where there is construction taking place, there must be use of concrete. All homes have some type of concrete surface, like floors, patio or the driveways. Due to its strength and cost effectiveness, concrete is the most preferred for construction of surfaces.
The construction of most driveways in modern homes today is of concrete or cement.Concrete driveways can also act as part of the landscaping outside the home due to their attractiveness and elegance. They are less expensive than brick driveways and do not require regular upkeep because no yearly resealing is needed unlike that of asphalt or blacktop driveways. there are different kinds of concrete driveways :
Plain concrete which is the basic and cheapest type of concrete driveway, plain in colour and best suits those with limited budget but are longing for a durable driveway.
In order for the beauty to come out, exposed aggregate concrete requires polishing and uses materials that can be likened to granite. In the case of exposed aggregate concrete, pigment or other building materials still needs to be added to provide new colour, texture or design to the concrete. After pouring the concrete on the driveway regularly, the top layer should be washed gently to make sure that the aggregate is exposed.
The most expensive driveway costs double or triple the price of the plain concrete is the decorative or stamped concrete. Stamped concrete driveways allows a lot of freedom because it allows the homeowner to choose the colour and texture of their driveways depending on the colour and style they prefer.After pouring cement in an area with framed boards, patterns are applied to the concrete before it dries up then a pigment is added to the stamped concrete so that the pattern or style will really show.
Plain concrete can also be used as a basic material for the construction of a patio because it is very affordable and easy to maintain. Plain concrete can act as a foundation layer allowing you to add other patio materials over it for a change.This prevents surface cracking as well as offers a strong foundation.
The look like of different patio materials such as brick, cut stone, irregular stone, and cobblestone can be moulded or stamped using Coloured or stamped concrete. Apart from being a very practical solution when working on a budget due to its low price, it have various textures and colours to choose from.