A driveway resurfacing project presents the perfect opportunity for improving the visual appeal of your exterior space. However, beyond eliminating unsightly potholes and worn concrete surfaces, resurfacing can also be used to change up the entire look of the driveway. Whether you're working on a tight or flexible budget, there are various design options to increase the curb appeal of your driveway. Below are some budget and mid-range design ideas you should consider for the project.
Paint Your Concrete Driveway
If you're working with a tight budget, painting your newly resurfaced driveway is one of the best ways to improve its appearance. Painting allows you to add your desired colour without incurring huge costs through staining and other techniques. Professional concrete contractors use special spraying equipment and methods to give the driveway an evenly coloured and smooth finish.
Add Textured Finishes
Another affordable design option is textured concrete. This involves adding textured designs to the concrete surface using different tools. A simple and inexpensive one is the broom finish whereby you sweep the concrete before it completely dries up. This leaves an appealing textured driveway. You can also add texture by using hand trowels, wood floats and aluminium floats. Another great option is exposed aggregate concrete where you remove the top layer of freshly poured concrete to expose the pebbled aggregates underneath it.
Go for Stamped Concrete
If you're willing to spend a little more on your resurfaced driveway, you can go for stamped concrete. Stamping involves patterning concrete to resemble other materials. If you would like a stone look but aren't ready to spend a fortune on a stone driveway, stamping the concrete is an excellent idea. Contractors can use various techniques to build a driveway that resembles natural stone, brick, slate, tile or even wood. You can pair this with concrete stencilling to add unique patterns and designs to your new driveway.
Stain the Driveway
Concrete paint coats the surface of the driveway and creates a layer that can chip off over time. If you want something more long-lasting, you should opt for a stained driveway. Staining involves using acids to add a penetrative colour to the concrete. The acid stains react with the elements in the concrete to add colours that won't chip or fade over time. The most common colours include earthy tones, grey, red, blue, terracotta, white, black and green. There are other options as well depending on your preferred choice. Stained concrete is not only low-maintenance, but it also allows you to design a driveway whose colours match your exterior space.
As you plan for your concrete sealing project, consider these design ideas that will add visual appeal to your new driveway. Work with an experienced concrete contractor for excellent results!