Construction tips and design options for a durable, low-maintenance stamped concrete driveway that boosts the curb appeal of your home
It wasn't long ago when deciding on a driveway material was easy: asphalt or concrete. Today, the "concrete" choice has expanded to include an astounding array of decorative options. Sometimes referred to as a cement driveway or as painted concrete, decorative concrete is one of the most reasonable ways to spruce up the entrance to your home.
Although plain gray concrete is still installed most often, more people are catching on to the dazzling effects possible with decorative concrete-and seeing the instant curb appeal a decorative driveway can give to any home, no matter what the style (see Which Decorative Concrete Style Is Right for Your Home?). If you already have a concrete driveway, you can still give it a decorative makeover. The concrete industry has introduced many products and methods that can rejuvenate or resurface existing plain-gray driveways.
Of course, to ensure that your concrete driveway will look good for many years to come, there are important steps your driveway contractor should follow during installation. How well your driveway looks and performs long-term is largely related to the quality of workmanship and materials that go into it. To help ensure a problem-free driveway, be sure to read our overview of driveway construction basics.
Once you become the proud owner of a concrete driveway, it won't take much effort on your part to keep it looking its best for many years to come. Read our tips on how to care for and maintain a concrete driveway.
Finally, if you're concerned about the environment, concrete is one of the "greenest" materials you can use to build a driveway. We give you the top reasons why concrete is the sustainable choice.