What are the most common types of concrete driveway finishes?

Don’t let a cruddy looking driveway lower the tone of your property. There are so many types of concrete driveway finishes available, that it can be overwhelming. There’s no need to panic –  read on and we’ll try to take some of the confusion away.

As home ownership becomes less attainable for the next generation, young people in the Illawarra are staying at home for years after they get their own car. Both the additional personal belongings accumulated with extra adults in the home, and the extra vehicles that go with them, mean that the humble driveway is more important than ever. It’s no longer just a means for getting the car from the garage to the road – the driveway now houses those extra sets of wheels as well!

Concrete driveways are by far the most durable and versatile when it comes to the different finishing options available. If your driveway is looking like it’s seen better days, it might be time to look at a new concrete driveway. A new driveway can add a massive facelift to the appearance of your property, but different designs can be better suited to some homes.

Let’s discuss the most common types of concrete driveway finishes found in the Illawarra area:

5 common types of concrete driveway finishes in Wollongong:

Plain Concrete Driveway:

When done well, a slick, professionally poured, and finished concrete driveway is something of a masterpiece. Not only is plain concrete a cost-effective option, but it is quicker to complete as well. Plain concrete, when properly sealed, requires very little maintenance and should only need a gentle hose down every now and again to clean.

Brushed or Stippled Finish Concrete:

Another economical form of concrete finish is what we call a brushed or stippled effect. Starting with a plain pour, our Illawarra concreters use tools to create a brushed texture over the surface. Not only does this finish add a little more detail and flair to your new driveway, but it’s also an added safety bonus for steeper properties, as it can create a little more traction for both driving and walking on. It is worth noting that a brushed or stipple finish can require a little more cleaning, as the texture can catch dirt more easily. Regular rinsing can stop grime from building up, plus you can always call a professional driveway cleaning service for an added deep clean and resealing.

Coloured Concrete Driveways

There are many reasons why concrete is an excellent choice for driveways, but one of our favourites is its versatility to be able to work with any home design. It’s easy for our experienced concreting team to add a tint to your concrete mix to fit in with the aesthetic of your home and the range of colours is vast. Of course, in some cases the natural light grey look of the concrete suits a property perfectly, but if you’d like to consider other colour options, we can discuss the available choices.

Stamped or Stencilled Concrete

Once a driveway has been poured, the wet concrete can be stamped to create a variety of different effects. Popular choices for stamped concrete include giving it the appearance of pavers or bricks, but this finish can even be used to create a custom-designed artwork as a feature.

Exposed Aggregate Finished Driveways

An exposed aggregate finish is slightly pricier per square metre, but the result looks amazing. An exposed aggregate finish is where stones, pebbles, or other materials are added to the concrete mix – and there are many options available. The finished driveway will end up with a textured effect and not only will your driveway be a visual feature, but it offers more traction against slippery slopes as well.

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A new driveway isn’t a decision to be made lightly. While it’s a decent investment up front, a well-maintained and professionally poured concrete driveway should last you several decades, so it’s worth taking the time to decide on what the right option is for your home. Of course, concrete resurfacing is always another option, if your driveway is still in good shape, but you’re looking for a fresh appearance. To get a quote on the types of concrete driveway finishes we can offer, drop us a line and we will be happy to advise you.