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HOW TO MAKE YOUR POURED CONCRETE DRIVEWAY LOOK LIKE STONE

HOW TO MAKE YOUR POURED CONCRETE DRIVEWAY LOOK LIKE STONE

Smooth Simple Concrete

Poured concrete is one of the most popular materials for driveways in Pasadena and throughout California, and for good reason. It is simple and unobtrusive, blending in easily with traditional sidewalks. For certain properties, you may want to make your driveway a feature that draws the attention but generally I prefer my eye to be drawn to the house itself, or the garden and interesting planting. Poured concrete is smooth, making it easy to clean and hose down and tends to last longer than asphalt, another popular choice. Both selections however are only as good as the base they are laid on, which is why, for best results, you need a solid foundation prepared by a top Pasadena driveway contractor. Concrete is usually poured in large sections rather than the whole area at once as this makes is less vulnerable to cracking and shifting.

PAVING STONES

Paving stones provide more visual interest than a poured concrete driveway but are more expensive and more difficult to lay. It takes the patience and skill of a Top Pasadena driveway contractor to create an even surface since so many individual stone pavers are required. Sand is usually used between the pavers. This can attract weeds if the paved area is not well maintained.

STAMPING - A GOOD COMPROMISE

If you want the visual interest of pavers combined with the ease of poured concrete, stamping is an inexpensive way to create the look of individual stones. While the poured concrete is still wet, your driveway contractor stamps the area with a tool that is the shape of irregular stones. The spaces between the stones are not very deep so the surface remains easy to clean and maintain. There is also no sand to move and attract weeds. Talk to your Pasadena driveway contractor about this option.