Concrete is the backbone of any construction venture from sky high skyscrapers to ornamental concrete projects for your home. concrete can be found in all the places where there is a construction taking place. At homes, concrete can be found in surfaces such as 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 are attractive and elegant which makes them to be considered as part of the landscape outside the home.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 :
The basic and cheapest type of concrete which is the plain concrete comes in a plain colour and best suits those with limited budget but looking 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. To expose the aggregate the top layer of the concrete has to be washed gently.
The most expensive driveway costs double or triple the price of the plain concrete is the decorative or stamped concrete. Homeowners can choose a colour or texture for their stamped concrete driveway based on the colour and style they prefer. The cement is poured in the area which is already framed with boards, then patterns are applied to the concrete before it dries up and 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 offers a strong foundation and prevent surface cracking.
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.