Concrete Services for your business, school or home in the Perth Hills
I offer a range of Concrete Services including:
* Shed Slabs
Your choice of Grey, Coloured, Exposed Aggregate or Honed
How can our concrete driveway, shed or patio help you?
a concrete driveway lasts longer. The service life of a concrete driveway is, on average, about 50-60 percent longer than its asphalt counterpart. As a result, the upfront cost savings of asphalt is typically offset by higher maintenance costs. The liquid binder that holds the aggregates together is subject to cracking, disintegration and distortion due to exposure to UV radiation, oxidation, water and chemicals.
BEAUTY AND CURB APPEAL
For many, the standard light gray surface offers considerable curb appeal, although creative design options exist. Colored concrete is the answer for homeowners who want a darker surface. Stamped concrete surfaces add a pleasing texture that often blends beautifully with a home’s architectural design. Exposed aggregates offer a highly textured, three-dimensional look.
REACTION TO HEAT AND LIGHT
Concrete pavements are cooler since they absorb less UV radiation than their asphalt counterparts. You only need to compare walking barefoot on the two types of surfaces on a hot day to appreciate the difference. Although asphalt’s heat absorption is a benefit in the winter, this cold-weather advantage is countered by the consequences of having a hotter driveway in the summer.
Concrete is a rigid, non-flexible material that can handle heavier loads than asphalt. Since asphalt flexes, trucks or other heavy loads may cause rutting or other damage. In addition to a larger truck, boat or RV you may own, consider the likelihood of other heavy vehicles driving onto your property.
It is possible to reduce concrete maintenance costs through the use of contraction joints and penetrating sealers. Clear sealers protect against de-icers and moisture absorption. Contraction joints isolate cracking that occurs as concrete shrinks.
Do you think you might put your home on the market at some point? If so, put yourself in the shoes of prospective buyers for a moment. Would you prefer a home with an asphalt or a concrete driveway? A concrete driveway may make it easier to sell your home in the future, and you’ll likely recover a portion of your investment when you do.
Since the embodied energy costs of a concrete driveway are lower, it is a more environmentally friendly paving solution. That is, it requires less energy overall to both produce and place concrete.
By contrast, a great deal of energy is required to heat hot mix asphalt to the required 200-250 degrees F. Sealcoating an asphalt driveway every 3-5 years consumes more petroleum products. Finally, a driveway that lasts longer does not consume as much energy through future replacement cycles.