Concrete Driveway Installation Vancouver
Concrete Driveway Finishes
Concrete driveways can have many different finishes and designs depending on how you want it to look. We've outline some of the more common types below:
Sand Washed Concrete Finish - A sand washed finish can come in many different options of natural colours. This finish is similar to exposed aggregate but without the pebbly texture that exposed aggregate is known for. With the colour that sand finish provides, it is an excellent complement for landscaping as well. The usual colours available with a sand finish are natural tones of tan an brown and helps to give a relaxed natural vibe. Not only does this finish have a great texture, our concrete contractors can work with you on other designs and colours to really make your driveway come alive.
Stamped Concrete Driveway - One of the most popular ways to design a driveway is through a stamped finish. A stamped concrete driveway can be the perfect addition to your home as this type of finish is not possible with other types of material. The true potential of stamped concrete comes from its ability to be a cost effective look alike of other more expensive materials. Through stamping, you are able to make your driveway look like brick, cobblestone, and slate. This flexibility allows for uniquely designed exteriors that truly matches the home and the surrounding landscape. The best part is that the driveway is made of concrete so you know it will be durable.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete - Driveways that used exposed aggregate concrete are some of the most beautiful driveways we have ever seen. The difference between exposed aggregate and a regular concrete driveway is that the top layer of concrete is removed to "expose" the sediments that are in the concrete mix. You are able to add different types of designs by changing the types of sediments that are used in the concrete mix. While still a durable finish, it is prone to a bit more damage compared to a regular driveway. This finish will required to be sealed a little more often and a bit more attention to cleaning. If you do like the look of exposed aggregate though, this small bit of added maintenance shouldn't be the deal breaker between finishes.
Broom Finish Driveway - The broom finish, also called brushed concrete, is achieved by "brooming" the surface of a driveway in the final stages of the process with a concrete broom. Once the surface is broomed, it becomes very durable with a bit of texture which provides some traction. A broom finish is the most basic and commonly used type of finish and is probably one that most people would recognize. Broom finishes go very well when mix and matched with other types of decorative concrete finishes. A classic combination that our clients love is the middle section of a driveway with a broom finish with a stamped concrete border surrounding it. There is lots of room for creativity as well with a broom finish as it easy to design and stain.