Concrete is an enduringly popular choice as a material for driveways. Concrete is strong, durable, versatile and relatively inexpensive in comparison to many other materials. Unfortunately, bare concrete isn't the most attractive choice for a driveway material which may be putting you off the idea for your new driveway.
These days, there are a number of different ways that you can make concrete more attractive. This means you won't need to compromise on either aesthetics or functionality when planning your new driveway. Here are two easy ways that you can create a concrete driveway that enhances and complement the front of your home.
1. Add a decorative border
A plain concrete driveway can be transformed into a contemporary and stylish addition by adding a decorative border to the edges of the concrete. A border helps to frame the driveway area and adds contrast to break up the large expanse of single colour.
A simple border using recycled bricks or standard pavers is an inexpensive and subtle way to create a border. For a more creative or sophisticated look, you can create a mosaic out of pebbles or stones or line the edges of the driveway with some large, sculptural natural stones.
2. Add a decorative coating
Another way to make a concrete driveway more attractive is to add a decorative coating over the surface of the concrete. A coating has the added benefits of sealing and protecting the concrete which means it will last even longer and need less upkeep to stay looking great.
The coating you choose can be as simple as a clear sealant, which will bring out the hidden richness of colour in the concrete and enhance the aggregate that sits exposed in the top layer. For something more elaborate, you can opt for a spray-on coating that recreates the look of natural stone varieties such as granite, marble, sandstone or slate.
If you prefer a more vibrant and adventurous look, a sealant that incorporates a bold colour is an excellent choice. You can choose from virtually any shade that you like to create a look that's unique and perfectly suits your tastes and the style of your home.
To find out more about these options, contact your local concrete driveway contractor. They can answer any questions that you may have and advise you of any other options that they can provide for their clients which might be suitable for your new driveway.