Asphalt and concrete have been the two popular choices for driveway material.
However, when it comes to sustainability and preserving the environment, few driveway-paving materials can match concrete. When you build a concrete driveway, you’re using abundant, sustainable resources including water, natural rock and sand, and cement, unlike asphalt pavements that are made with nonrenewable petroleum supplies.
Concrete is cost-effective, long-lasting, strong, eco-friendly and has very little need for maintenance – the advantages are well established. It outlasts wood, brick and stone, and it absorbs minimal amounts of water, so it will not warp or shift. And since a concrete driveway has a continuous surface, there are no joints or spaces for weeds, moss or grass to take hold. You won’t trip on lips or ledges, because concrete maintains a flat, even surface.
To decrease the use of raw materials and keep waste out of landfills, we can purchase from a ready-mix suppliers that makes concrete using waste by-products. These suppliers also uses recycled aggregates in the mix. In addition, our reinforcing steel has a high recycled content.
Where will you turn your car around to enter the street? What is the lie of the land? What obstructions are in the way of your project? Professional Stone Work will answer all these questions before we start your work, and advise you accordingly. For example, we might recommend a circle drive if your home is close to a blind corner where approaching traffic can be dangerous, so you can have the benefit of facing the street when pulling from your driveway, or we would suggest making the drive big enough to turn your car around before driving out.
At Professional Stone Work, we build our driveways to the standard with a 4” thickness. We prepare the surface with crushed stone, assembling forms, and reinforced with mesh or rebar. We will always ensure a good foundation prior to pouring the concrete, so your driveway will remain free of cracks for years to come.
The concrete driveway is usually chosen over asphalt, because of its low maintenance. Concrete, once installed and sealed, needs very little care, while asphalt requires repairs every few years. Although a concrete driveway costs more to install, you will save on maintenance in the long run.