Installing a new driveway is a fantastic way to boost your curb appeal and add value to your home. If you are considering investing in a new driveway, there are a number of factors you need to consider before engaging a contractor or breaking ground. This week, we take a look at a new driveway checklist of things to think about before taking the plunge.
The pre-existing aesthetics of your home Although their primary function is practical, driveways make a big aesthetic statement so it’s important to choose a surfacing solution that’s in keeping with the pre-existing style of your home and garden. Ideally, your driveway should pick up on one of the minor pre-existing colour schemes on your home like the door, windows or roof. Coloured concrete or exposed aggregate are ideal surfacing options if you want to pick up a particular colour, as they come in a plethora of different shades.
Budget Installing a new driveway can be an expensive undertaking depending on the size of your driveway and your choice of materials, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of how much you have to spend before you go shopping for contractors. Once you have decided on a budget, get quotes from several different contractors to make sure you get the right price, but be sceptical of any quotes that are far lower than the others; as not all concrete contractors are made equally, and a subpar driveway will end up costing you more in the long run.
Parking requirements Think carefully about how many cars will be parked in the driveway on a regular basis and whether or not there is a lot of traffic coming in and out of your house. Your driveway should have enough room for at least one vehicle to pull up without it’s tail handing over the sidewalk. A standard single car driveway is around 3 metres in width, and a double is 6 but you may also want to consider things like the size of the vehicles you will be parking and whether anyone in your family has special access requirements.
Maintenance Think carefully about how much time you’re willing to spend taking care of your driveway and then invest accordingly. Concrete, asphalt, gravel and brick are vulnerable to things like tree root damage, weed infestation, and drainage issues to different degrees, and wear and tear over the lifespan of the driveway will play a role in how much maintenance you need to do too, so it’s important to do your research.
If you’re looking to install a custom concrete about it driveway in Melbourne, the experienced team at Icon Concrete are the people to turn to. We specialise in outdoor concreting solutions and decorative surfacing. Give us a call today on 0402 082 472.