Which concrete mix is right for my driveway?
Building a concrete driveway
As you probably know, there are many different concrete mixes available on the market and each of them are variably suitable for different purposes. It’s important to choose the right concrete for the job to ensure it functions as you would like it to and is durable to withstand the forces or elements to which it is exposed.
Characteristics of a driveway
A typical driveway receives the highest footfall and vehicle use of any area of a property, since it is the entrance to your home and thus must be passed by residents and visitors alike. So, you need to ensure that the materials used are long-lasting and strong enough that you won’t need to worry about repairing, rebuilding, or replacing any parts of it anytime soon.
Whilst most driveways, by the nature of their purpose, are easy to access – you may also need to consider the ease of installation of building materials, if your driveway is in a difficult to reach, in a remote area, or at a steep gradient. These factors may affect which machinery can be used in the building process.
What are the most popular choices for driveway concrete?
It may seem boring to some, but sometimes simple and practical is the way to go. Plain concrete won’t detract from other more prominent design features of your property that you may want to highlight, and it gives you a basic canvas to work with. It can help to create a sleek, uncomplicated look to the gateway of your home.
If plain is just a bit too boring for you, but you’re not looking for anything fancy or think patterns could be too distracting, then coloured concrete is a logical compromise. Our coloured concrete solutions come premixed with colour running all the way through, resulting in an even and long-lasting finish which would be almost impossible to create by using concrete paint.
Exposed aggregate concrete
For a more decorate yet natural look, you may be interesting in checking out our exposed aggregate mixes. Coming in a range of colours and dotted with fine stones and pebbles gives exposed aggregate a textured appearance and feel which can enhance any home.
We all need to do our part in protecting our beloved Australian environment, and when it comes to the building materials we use, it’s no different. Advances in technology mean more eco-friendly products are available to market which perform just as well as their less-friendly counterparts, and are available in a range of finishes. Ask us about our E-Crete today!
What other factors should I consider?
The first and most obvious factor to consider when undertaking a project of any sort is the cost involved. You need to manage your expectations according to what is affordable and understand all your options. Nobody likes to find out after a project is finished that you could have had a better choice for just a little extra cost; and likewise, nobody likes to discover they’ve paid to much for an underperforming product! Knowing your budget and what it allows for will make your life easier when it comes to making comparisons and decisions.
Having a clear idea of what you want from your driveway is a good place to start. What size of vehicles will use your driveway, and how frequently? How will it fair in different weather conditions? Consider how the rain will affect the slipperiness of the surface, and how much heat from the sun the material will be exposed to. A black driveway may look sleek and hide stains well, but after a day heating up in the Aussie sun, it may not be the safest idea if you intend to have kids running around outside barefoot (or adults, for that matter)!
When you begin looking at different concrete ideas for your driveway, style is going to be your first consideration whether it’s a conscious choice or not. Every person is unique in their tastes and will find themselves drawn to certain designs and repelled from others. Think about which will complement the colours and style of the existing buildings on your property, visualise how a design will interact with the surrounding environment, and imagine the overall affect achieved by this.
It’s not rocket science, but there are many worthwhile considerations when deciding which is the best concrete mix to use for your driveway. Luckily, our mini-mix concrete trucks deliver a range for you to pick from! If you need some friendly advice on the right mix for your drive, or if you’re ready to book your concrete delivery slot, then use our handy contact form or give us a ring today.