If you are planning to install a new concrete driveway, you need to consider some things before you have it poured. This is a big investment and you will likely have your driveway for a very long time. Below are two of these things to help you get started.
If you live in an area that has long, cold winters, you can install a heated concrete driveway. Your driveway will always stay ice and snow free, which will save you a lot of time from shoveling snow and removing ice.
There is a hydronic heating system that you can choose for your driveway. With this, tubing is installed underneath the concrete, and with a flip of a switch, antifreeze and heated water pumps into the tubing, melting the snow and ice on the driveway. The switch is installed inside your home. Once you turn it on, the heating system works very quickly and you will soon see a snow-free driveway.
There are also electric heating systems for the driveway, which are much more convenient. A heating element is embedded into the slab along with sensors to detect outdoor moisture and air temperature and a power source. A controller is installed that connects the power source, sensors, and heating element together. When the temperature drops to a certain temperature, the heating system turns on automatically and turns back off when the temperatures gets up to a certain temperature.
The cost of a heated driveway depends on the type you choose. For a hydronic heating system, the cost can go up to $5,000 and an electric heating system can go up to $7,500.
If you want something other than plain concrete, you can choose stamped concrete. You can choose stamps that mimic the look of field stone, natural slate, brick, and cobblestone. The stamped concrete can be pumped or poured into place, which makes it much quicker when compared to using pavers. This is because, with pavers, the contractor has to lift and place individual pavers on the concrete, which results in increased labor charges.
You can choose a variety of textures and patterns and different coloring methods, such as powdered pigments mixed in with the concrete, integral color, and concrete stains. You can ask the concrete contractor to customize the color so your driveway will go well with your home and landscaping.
How much the stamped concrete driveway will cost depends on the size of your driveway. For example, a medium-sized driveway of approximately 600 square feet has a typical cost of $7,200.
Talk with the concrete contractor about these two things so you can determine if they would be right for you.