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Choosing Concrete Paving for Your Driveway

By Stone Seller Subscribe to RSS | April 25th 2012 | Views:

Despite the availability of materials like asphalt, loose stones, tar and chip, people invariably pick concrete paving for their driveway. The reason for this is quite simple. It has been seen that concrete paving is economical and the paving blocks can be placed easily. Moreover, you have options with colours. For instance, if you want your driveway to be drab and plain looking, you can select gray shaded concrete, but if you want a bright and attractive driveway, you always have the option of using coloured and patterned concrete slabs. Usually, stencils are applied on the coloured concrete to create beautiful patterns or designs.

Apart from vibrant colours and eye-catching designs, concrete paving blocks are quite durable. A driveway paved with concrete paving blocks will last longer than other materials like loose stones or asphalt. People find it difficult to walk on driveways paved with loose stones. On the other hand, asphalt driveways are prone to crack during weather changes. Concrete paving blocks can are quite rigid and hard, and can withstand weather changes. Moreover, when you are paving your driveway with asphalt, you require a proper base with stone and gravel and then have to allow it to settle down properly before you start work with asphalt. While using concrete, a base sub course between the ground and the main layer is required. This obviously lessens your work.

Your driveway should be able to withstand the weight of heavy vehicles. Now, concrete is the only material that can keep your driveway smooth and intact, even after heavy vehicles move through it regularly. Since concrete is rigid in nature, while pouring it, it evenly distributes itself over the gaps or fissures that appear on the surface, resulting in a smooth driveway. Stains and marks can be removed from concrete paving blocks more easily than any other material. According to your choice, you can use separate colours for your paving blocks. Special paint is available for this purpose.

Before you lay the concrete paving blocks, you should find an expert to inspect the area of your driveway. He will check the slopes required for drainage, earth work, levels, road curbs, etc. Once this work is done, you should select your paving block according to your requirements and commence your work.

At times, many people have the wrong notion about concrete designs and tend to think that they find look artificial and cheap. The great thing about concrete is that concrete can be stamped, engraved or stencilled according to your needs. Stamped concrete paving creates a pattern on raw concrete which can look like brick, paving stone or some other material. Stencils used with a staining compound can create patterns on new or old concrete. Here, the blocks have joints mortared. Similarly, engraved concrete can also carve unique designs that can beautify your driveway.

If you care for your environment, nothing is better than concrete paving. Concrete is not made of petroleum by-products, but is made from materials that can be recycled as industrial by-products. So, when you need to pave your driveway, there is nothing better than concrete paving.

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