Thanks to changing times, concrete driveway is a term that can offer more than a simply grey surface full of tire marks and oil stains. It now offers options for designs, stains, resurfacing with a variety of textures and patterns. All of which can be installed on concrete driveways as an affordable means of turning a simple gray slab into a chic driveway which looks like natural wood or stones.
By adding curb appeal to your concrete driveway your designs can increase the value of your home. You have many resurfacing options which can include a basic color change with a concrete colored sealer. If you are on a budget, this will provide a color change as well as protecting the concrete. If texture is what you want then you can choose from Suncoat, Sunsplash, Tuscan, Sundek Classic Texture or Sunstone finishes. Each offer a different look depending on your decorating style.
In addition to surfacing your concrete driveways with the stamped patterns or textured finishes, you can also to engrave something on your concrete. Engraving and etching is permanent as it is carved into the concrete instead of placed on top like overlays. Chemical stains are another means of resurfacing your concrete driveways. These cause chemical reactions to the minerals in your concrete which produce different colorful effects. A chemical stain can be used on its own or with texturing or stamping. Saw-cutting patterns, squares, and diagonal lines can also be used to enhance your driveway.
Maintenance should be considered when selecting your decorative concrete resurfacing St Louis option. Regardless of which option you choose it is recommended to clean your driveway periodically. If your decorative surface was installed with a clear topcoat, than every two years it should be resealed, in an effort to protect it against weather damage, wear, and vehicle traffic damage. If you have chosen a surface texture that used a colored acrylic sealer than you can seal every 4-5 years. In cold weather climates with snow and ice, applying salt or calcium chloride in the winter is common and will not affect the surfaces as long as your sealer is intact. Snow shoveling with a rubber tip or snow blowing will not hurt your new decorative concrete overlay either.
Decorative concrete sealers and overlays are a great alternative to plain boring concrete for your driveway, patios, pool decks, front entries and garage and basement floors.