Here in the Mid-south, spring is well on its way and summer is drawing closer—the start of that season is often marked by Memorial Day, which comes at the end of Military Appreciation Month in May. Victory Lawn Care and Landscaping Services would like to take the opportunity to thank our clients in the Memphis metro area, Germantown, Lakeland, and Collierville, and the entire military community for their service to our country. This day marks the beginning of a warm season of gathering outside with friends and family to enjoy food, companionship, and the nicer weather.
When you have guests over, you want your yard to look its best. Curb appeal can be especially important if you’re taking advantage of the summer to sell your home, but even if you plan to stay in place, improving your home and keeping it looking great is a big deal.
One of the first things that people notice when they arrive at your house—or when you arrive home—is your driveway. Whether it’s asphalt, gravel, or concrete, the driveway makes a big difference in what the front of your home looks like. While a well-tended driveway can make a home look neat and tidy, a cracked or damaged driveway can drag down the look (and value) of your house. And a driveway without a path to the house or yard can leave you with muddy walkways and set the wrong tone for gatherings.
With warmer weather getting many people started on outdoor projects, this can be a great time to consider replacing or repairing your driveway. One great option? Concrete. This durable material can get your space back to use in no time. Here, we’ll break down what you need to know about concrete driveways, walkways, and paths, and let you know how Victory Lawn Care Services can help you in the surrounding Memphis metro area.
What are the benefits of a concrete driveway?
Concrete offers lots of pros as a building material. This material is long-lasting, durable, and strong. It’s affordable, too—the national average is around $4 to $10 per square foot, though the exact price will depend on the specifics of your project. The light color also offers an appealing alternative to darker materials that absorb and radiate back sweltering heat in the summer, like asphalt.
There are also customizable options. Stamped concrete offers lots of options to fit your style—to create this effect, a rubber mold is applied to the surface of the wet concrete, and can give your concrete the look of brick, paver stones, cobblestones, and more, often for less expense and hassle than installation of those materials. All around, concrete is versatile and customizable, and has a wide range of applications around your yard.
How is a concrete driveway installed?
It’s a good idea to hire the local professionals at Victory Lawn Care and Landscaping to install a concrete driveway—experience and equipment go a long way towards getting the job done right. A professional can often pour a concrete driveway in just a few days, too—though it might take a little patience to wait for it to cure.
To create a concrete driveway, your Victory professional team will demolish the old driveway and dig down to solid soil. This firm foundation will help to provide a solid base for the new driveway. After we build a form to create the shape of the new driveway, we lay a base—often of gravel—and tamp it down to create a flat, smooth surface.
After installing any reinforcements that are needed to support the concrete, the concrete is poured. After this, the concrete needs to be leveled, shaped, and smoothed, gradually and through a series of stages.
After any texture or stamping is applied, the surface is cured and sealed to protect it. After about twenty-four hours, it’s safe to allow foot traffic. You should keep cars off of it for about 10 days, though, and heavy trucks off for about 28 days, until it’s fully cured and sealed. You should listen to your professional about how long to wait, though—that waiting time might depend on the weather, the type of concrete, and other variables of your project.
What if my driveway needs repair?
Many times, a concrete driveway will last for decades—sometimes 20 or 30 years. But sometimes, problems can arise that mean you need repairs. Tree roots growing into the driveway, heavy loads, and shifting ground can cause cracks.
The repeated freezing and thawing that we get in winters in the Mid-South can also cause problems. When water gets into a small crack in the driveway, it expands. Then, when it melts, it leaves a bigger crack that more water can get into, causing swelling and expansion over and over again. This eventually wears down the strength of the concrete and it fails, causing soft spots and eventually chips and cracks.
But luckily, concrete driveways can often be repaired. If the driveway itself remains structurally sound (something a professional can assess), the repair might depend on the size and cause of the damage—a small crack might be patched or filled, and a larger crack or discolored spot might be resurfaced. A driveway that’s sinking might be slab lifted, which can stabilize the ground underneath the driveway and stop it from sinking.
What other hardscaping features can I create with concrete?
Concrete walkways and paths, or concrete steps, can provide a great accent to your concrete driveway, and can be just as durable and effective in making your home beautiful and even more functional. A walkway might be a great way to mark a path from your driveway to your home or patio, or stairs can cut into a hill and make it easier to get around your yard. Using the same material for multiple features can make them look connected and intentional, too—another benefit of using concrete. These design details also add value to your home.
How can Victory Lawn Care and Landscape Services help me?
At Victory Lawn Care Services, our team specializes in hardscaping projects. We’re here to help you install or repair a concrete driveway or other fixture in your lawn, and to keep your exterior looking great.
With our consistent customer service and quality communication, we will make your experience working with us as smooth as possible. Call us to get started on your hardscaping project today at (901) 870-3720 or use our online contact tool and get started making the outside of your home better than the rest in your neighborhood.
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