Benefits of a concrete driveway

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  1. Lifespan

A concrete driveway will last longer. Concrete driveways last, on average about 50-60% longer than asphalt. Asphalt’s initial cost savings are usually offset by its higher maintenance costs. Due to UV radiation and other factors, the liquid binder which holds the aggregates in place is susceptible to cracking, disintegration, and distortion.

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  1. Kerb appeal

There are many creative design options available. Coloured concrete can be used by homeowners who prefer a darker finish. Stamped concrete adds a beautiful texture to a surface that blends well with the architectural design of a home. Exposed aggregates create a three-dimensional, highly textured look. For Concrete Swindon, visit

  1. Properties

Concrete pavements are cooler because they absorb less ultraviolet radiation than asphalt. It is enough to walk barefoot over the two surfaces on a warm day to see the difference. Asphalt’s ability to absorb heat is beneficial in cold weather, but the hotter driveways in summer can negate this advantage.

The standard concrete’s high light reflectance reduces the lighting requirement. Asphalt absorbs light so a driveway will require about one third more lighting. Concrete driveways can save you energy for many years.

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  1. Load bearing

Concrete is rigid and non-flexible, which allows it to handle heavier loads. Asphalt flexes and can be damaged by heavy trucks or other loads. Consider the possibility that other heavy vehicles will drive onto your property in addition to any larger trucks, boats or vans that you own.

  1. Maintenance

Concrete maintenance costs can be reduced by using penetrating sealers and contraction joints. Clear sealers provide protection against moisture and de-icers. Contraction joints isolate the cracks that occur as concrete shrinks.

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