Upon approaching a property, be it residential or commercial, the first thing that one notices is the driveway. The way it looks could make or break the entire property’s curb appeal. While some invest in high-end materials for driveway repair that require weeks to install, some choose the more practical option: decorative concrete resurfacing Atlanta. This may be more affordable but, rest assured, that quality and function won’t be compromised.
Concrete is one of the most durable materials in the construction industry. This does not mean, however, that it would never wear out. Heavy vehicular traffic, weather changes, or freeze-thaw cycles could be harmful to it. If the damage is still repairable, there are decorative coatings and overlays available to restore the slab and improve its look and function. Here are the top options:
- Stamped Concrete Overlay – If you love the look of brick, stone, or pavers but not loving the high price that comes with it, then a stamped overlay is a highly recommended alternative. It offers a wide range of concrete patterns for driveways, such as Ashlar, Flagstone, Fractured Slate, Running Brick, and more. Imprinted concrete driveways are more affordable because only a thin layer of the overlay is installed on the existing slab. This is then stamped with the chosen pattern, stained to acquire a more realistic look, and then sealed for extra shine and protection. A concrete stamped driveway is easier to clean and maintain than the material it is trying to mimic.
- Stained Concrete – If the slab only suffers from ugly stains or discoloration, then concrete staining could transform it into a gorgeous driveway almost immediately. Although driveway paint can do the same, it is not as durable and long-lasting as Acid and Water-based stains. These penetrate past the surface and provide a more natural color effect. Acid stains create semi-translucent colors and mottled effects similar to natural stone or leather. Water-based stains create more consistent and brighter colors. The addition of a sealer is highly recommended to seal in the colors and make them more vibrant.
- Spray Knockdown Finish – This spray texture is one of the best options for outdoor concrete surfaces, including driveways. It is loaded into a hopper gun, sprayed onto the driveway, then troweled down to create a more subtle stucco texture. This troweled concrete finish enhances traction, thus, preventing wheels from slipping especially during wet weather. The air pockets created by the texture also helps the driveway stay 30% cooler, protecting rubber tires from melting.
Concrete, although inexpensive, is durable, versatile, and reliable as a driveway paving material. When resurfacing or refinishing a concrete driveway, there isn’t a fixed price tag because there are several factors that influence the total cost. The size or length of the driveway is one of them. The bigger the space that needs work, the higher the cost will be. Other influential factors include the level of concrete driveway repair or surface preparation needed, the type of coating or overlay used, and whatever additional services or customizations are requested by the property owner.
Do you often look at other driveways and wish yours was just as stunning? Wish no more. With the help of Atlanta Concrete Artisans, it can be a reality. We are a licensed contractor that specializes in decorative concrete resurfacing Atlanta, refinishing, and repairing driveways, both for residential and commercial locations in the Atlanta, GA area. If your driveway is looking a bit drab, don’t opt for a concrete resurfacing or replacement right away. Give us a call today or send us an email. Let’s talk about more economical options that will surely satisfy your need for a durable, functional, and appealing concrete driveway. We provide a free estimate!