The three c's of concrete driveways: climate, care and curb appeal.

Find out why concrete is the smart choice for Kansas homeowners.

The right climate for concrete

Mild Kansas winters, hot Kansas summers — perfect conditions for a concrete driveway.

In hot temperatures, blacktop pavement can become soft and sticky. And if not properly poured, it can crack at the edges and develop ruts around the wheels of parked cars. But when it comes to cured concrete, heat has little effect.

That’s not to say pavement doesn’t have an upside. It’s typically less expensive. And some contractors prefer it in cold climates where the ground freezes and expands. However, given enough time to harden (500 PSI minumum strength), concrete maintains its integrity, even in the cold.

Caring for your driveway

With just a small amount of care, concrete driveways can easily last for 30 years — even 50 in some cases.  Asphalt does not usually last as long and requires frequent attention.

For a long-lasting, low-maintenance concrete driveway:

  1. Keep your driveway clean. Don’t let oil stains sit for extended periods of time. A few minutes with a power washer usually does the trick.
  2. Avoid using deicing products, especially in the first year. The chemicals in popular deicers can actually eat away at concrete. Regular salt is less harmful, but it can also be harmful to your plants and grass.
  3. Keep an eye on your sealer. Concrete sealer is a protective coating that goes on the top of your driveway. You’ll be able to tell when it starts to wear away. If your sealer starts wearing thin, it’s time to reseal.

Considerable curb appeal

Concrete looks great with any home. And because it’s so durable, it’ll look great for many years to come. Of course, if you’re looking for something more unique, we offer a number of color stain options to match your house or landscaping. Brick pavers also add a nice touch, giving your driveway a distinguished and framed appearance.

Did you know

The world's largest concrete dome is still standing after 2000 years.

The Pantheon in Rome, constructed in 126 A.D., is still standing today as the world's largest, un-reinforced concrete dome.