For some time now, you probably have wanted to have stamped concrete installed on your driveway but you have been having questions crisscrossing your mind such as; how long will they last? How much will they dent your bank account? Do the colors fade? Do they require a lot of maintenance? How long does it take to install them? These and many more of your queries will be answered in this article.
When comparing the stamped concrete driveway to other materials in the market such as pavers and asphalt, you will realize that they have an edge over the other materials thereby the potential to add general monetary and aesthetic value to you home. If it is installed properly, stamped concrete can last up to 30 or 40 years.
The sub-base preparation is one of the most important steps during installation that will ensure that the driveway last for ages. Moving on to the design, stamped concrete come in different patterns and designs. You can choose one that best suits and fits perfectly with the landscaping that you have at home. If you love natural stone, brick, slate, cobblestone or plain old wood plank, you will be able to duplicate the designs with the stamped concrete and by hiring an experienced and skilled concrete contractor.
For each square foot of stamped concrete, you may spend between $10 and $15 depending on the place you are making the purchase and the design you choose. The price for the subbase preparation is however separate and will vary depending on the materials that will have to be gotten rid of and the amount of gravel.
While close to 2000 square feet of stamped concrete driveway can be installed in a day, working with highly skilled professionals, you should not drive on it for at least five days – give it time to settle and harden.
If you intend on using concrete acid stain or colored concrete, you should know that with time, and without the proper care, they can fade. All you have to do to avoid this is clean the concrete and after roll or spray onto it a stamped concrete driveway sealer after a period of three years regularly. This will help it maintain it new look.