[Posted on February 12th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre Teekell]
Living in Houston, you’re subjected to day in and day out of extremely hot weather — all the heat, humidity and UV rays can do damage to a driveway, whether it’s made of concrete or other material. Be on the lookout for signs that you need a new concrete driveway in Houston. It’s best to hire a professional concrete contractor to tackle this job, whether you want a stamped or color concrete look or a traditional smooth driveway.
What to Look For
Concrete is a long-lasting material for a driveway, lasting at least 15 years depending on weather and exposure. You may even see yours last up to 50 years if you drain and seal it annually. In many cases, however, the elements and sun can do damage to your concrete driveway in Houston which can result in cracking, chipping and staining. While cracking in Houston doesn’t occur as often as it does in regions that experience frequent freezing and thawing, it does still happen, especially in cases of poor drainage and uneven soil. Keep an eye out for tree roots that try to pop through the concrete. Concrete can stain easily because it is very porous, so excessive staining due to car oils and other liquids can be a factor in whether or not you want a new driveway. Regular maintenance of your driveway is key to keeping its luster over time. You’ll need to do some light sweeping or even pressure washing to get rid of mild oil stains, tire marks and other blemishes. You can fill in large cracks on the concrete with filler but over time, your driveway may end up looking like a patchwork quilt. At this point, it is time to call the professionals to install a new concrete driveway in your home.
When it comes to a new driveway, your contractor can give advice as to the best type of driveway for your neighborhood or area. Ultimately, the design is up to you and what your budget can support. Choose from plain concrete, colored concrete or stamped concrete that mimics the look of natural stone and brick. You also have the option of an exposed aggregate, whereby the top layer of textured gravel shows through.
Why Go with a Professional?
You may be handy around the yard and house with DIY projects, but installing a concrete driveway or even concrete pavers is a job best left to the professionals. Finding a reputable concrete contractor in your area is important — one who knows the climate, how the concrete responds, what the ideal cure rates are and more. In the case of pavers in particular, a professional can ensure they are set down properly so they don’t shift in the future. If excavation and grading is needed for your new concrete driveway, a professional contractor can determine whether it’s safe to dig or whether there are utility lines underneath. Because weather and other elements can cause concrete to contract and then expand, contractors typically install it in large slabs to reduce the chances of cracking. Adding color, texture, patterns and surrounding landscape can turn any concrete driveway into a showpiece.
If you are looking for a way to increase the curb appeal of your home or simply improve the appearance of your driveway, contact a professional contractor to receive an estimate and get started improving the look of you home today.