A driveway is not just about utility; it is one of the largest surfaces on your front yard. For some houses, it’s the only surface, contributing to the overall impression your home can have on visitors. Stamped concrete driveways offer a variety of elegant design choices that can be used to enhance and strengthen the appeal of any home. Concrete One Ltd. has been providing stamped concrete to Vaughan and beyond for over 30 years and across three generations, so we know what we’re talking about. When deciding on whether or not to repave your driveway in stamped concrete, here are a few elements to consider.
Stamped Concrete is Durable and Fade-Resistant
A stamped concrete driveway has the durability to be with you for most of your life. If installed properly, it can have a lifespan of 30-40 years! The key component in pouring such long-lasting stamped concrete designs is making sure the gravel is properly compacted and the correct drainage is available. This is why you should always look for concrete contractors with experience and accompanying techniques to back it up in order to know your driveway is being poured to last. Furthermore, stamped concrete driveways are highly fade-resistant thanks to the pigments being baked and sealed into the mixture. A single spray or sealer application every two to three years is all it takes to preserve the colour.
Stamped Concrete is Easy to Maintain
Stamped concrete is usually poured thicker and has more “give” than most other paving methods. This means that a stamped concrete driveway is easier to maintain, won’t develop cracks in the joints (which means no weed-pulling), and doesn't soften or heat up under the hot sun. The pavers will take slightly longer to install the concrete, but in exchange it won’t shift or need to be reset. The result will be a stamped concrete driveway with minimal effort on your part, with an impressive durability that lasts.
Stamped Concrete Offers Unparalleled Design
Stamped concrete may be durable and low maintenance, but the reason people choose it is that, above all, it can create beautiful designs. Whether you want cobblestone, brick, textured stone, marble, or some other image, there is a stamp and colour mixture that can bring it to life. Moreover, the manner of stamping can craft elegant patterns from fans to spirals to ordered rows. Since the colour pigments are mixed in, almost any shade or hue is possible; you are only limited by your imagination. If you have a particularly long driveway, you could even consider alternating bands to form a unique, guided look that directs the eye.
Concrete One Ltd. has helped fulfill a wide variety of stamped concrete designs for both driveways and other surfaces in Vaughan and other GTA locations. View our portfolio to see some of the ways our past clients have chosen to design their stamped concrete.