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Improve Curb Appeal With A Concrete Driveway

Having a smooth, beautiful concrete driveway is not only functional, it can add to the curb appeal of your home. One of the first areas people notice when pulling up in front of a home is the driveway. While asphalt, cobblestone or rock can look nice when maintained, they also have drawbacks. Cobblestone or brick driveways can be prohibitively expensive, while rock is a more difficult surface upon which to walk and drive. Concrete not only looks nice, but is alos easy to maintain and is a great value. 

Why Choose Concrete Over Asphalt?

Most people who are considering using concrete for their driveway may also be thinking of using asphalt. Asphalt can be cheaper to install and has many of the same driving benefits as concrete. However, there are some excellent reasons to pay a little more for concrete. 

  • Better value. While concrete can be a bigger initial investment, it can also last up to three times as long as asphalt, making it a better value in the long run.
  • Easy maintenance. Concrete is easy to clean and maintain. It also doesn’t require the top coatings that asphalt does, so maintenance over time is less expensive and disruptive.
  • Cool feet. Running out to the mailbox on a summer day can be painful when you’re not wearing shoes and the asphalt driveway is hot enough to fry an egg. Concrete is naturally cooler than asphalt, even at the peak of summer heat.
  • Design flexibility. Concrete can be stamped or stained, making it very versatile for a custom designed look. 

For many homeowners who want to improve the curb appeal of their home while adding a driveway surface, concrete is the clear choice. It is beautiful yet functional, exactly what you want for something  you will both use and see every day.

 Posted on behalf of Atwood Home Builders

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