Homeowners refresh their concrete driveway when they’re looking to sell, or just looking for a change. With property prices soaring and people becoming pickier about style, the driveway is the easiest outdoor area to take care of when renovating.
the average concrete driveway has come a long way from being a grey slab with exposed aggregate finishes. The latter is certainly a classic, but smooth finishes are favoured because they’re easier to walk on with bare feet and look ‘cleaner’.
Rather than single colours and plain finishes, driveways with a stencilled pattern are the new normal. This gives the property owner the chance to put their ‘stamp’ in stone, so to speak. Stencils are laid over the concrete before it dries and then lifted, creating whatever effect the owner orders. Patterns like stars, compasses, and pavers are etched in driveways around Australia, normally in a multitude of colours. The paver effect is popular because it’s cheap, and uses less time and materials than the real thing. Another common design is a single coloured path with a paver effect at the edge in another shade.
Concreters like Fenix work closely with the homeowners so the desired effect is achieved the first time. If the owner of the property has examples of driveways they’d like to emulate, that is certainly helpful, though contractors might have some designs on hand. They’ll also have colour charts to choose from. Colours are finalised during the quoting process.
In a world of renovation shows, an expensive property market, and choosy buyers, homeowners and property investors are more concerned with how their driveway looks. After all, the whole facade of the house is the first thing prospective buyers see. An old, tired, and cracked concrete driveway doesn’t make a good impression. This is easily fixed with an experienced contractor, some design ideas, and a different colour…or two, or three.