Do you have the perfect house? When you look at it from the outside, are you happy with the color scheme, the lush grass lawn and the precisely placed landscaping pieces? If the answer is yes, then how do you explain that Plain Jane driveway leading to your garage?
Driveways are a lot like Cinderella. They do all the hard work while other exterior features get all dressed up and show off. If you want to increase your curb appeal (and your home’s value), consider dressing your driveway up to accent and enhance the rest of your property.
If your driveway is in bad shape and in need of replacement, we have some great ideas. But if you just want to enhance your perfectly functional drive, we have that covered too.
Let’s take a look.
5 Ways to Juice Up Your Curb Appeal with Driveway Enhancements
1. Stamped Concrete
If you need to replace your drive and you want something unique, try a stamped concrete finish. You can literally stamp any design, texture, finish, or image into a new concrete driveway. Turn that bland concrete into upscale flagstone or antique simply by stamping the surface and finishing with concrete stain. You’ll have the appearance of expensive paving stones for just a little over the price of a regular concrete drive. A quality driveway paving company would be able to do this for your efficiently.
2. Dress Up the Edges
If your concrete or asphalt drive is perfectly serviceable but you’d like to give it a little character, add fancy edging to give it an upscale customized look. You can use high end materials like pavers, or you can pour concrete and stamp it to appear that it is high end material.
Other edges that work is lava rock, small plants, or even solar powered flat lighting. Appearance is important but you also want to ensure the edging allows for drainage or channels rain away from the drive.
If you admire the elegant, sophisticated, driveways of ancient European estates, you may want to consider a cobblestone drive of your own. Of course, your cobblestone won’t be centuries old rock, it will be cast concrete stained to appear like cobblestone. These concrete clones come complete with rugged edges to give them the weathered, “ancient” look and are significantly less expensive than the real thing.
4. Add Color to Your Concrete Drive
One of the knocks on concrete driveways is their propensity to soak up oil stains. Getting an oil stain off a white concrete surface can be a real bummer. However, that very absorption feature makes concrete an excellent canvas for a creative designed working in acid-based stains.
Coloring can turn your concrete driveway into a one-of-a-kind creation, or it can be used to mimic another material like aged brick. Acid stains don’t sit on top of the concrete, they are in the concrete. They don’t wash out and they don’t flake. Find the right experienced contractor and you can make a real statement with your driveway.
5. Adding Class on a Budget
If your budget won’t cover a new driveway or a major facelift, there is still a way to add class and boost your curb appeal. Consider adding an apron. The apron is where your driveway meets the street. Make that space impressive by using stamped concrete or cobblestone to create the appearance of an upscale entrance. You’re going to be amazed at how much pop this one enhancement will provide.
So, there you have it. Don’t settle for a ho-hum drive. Give your home’s curb appeal a boost by boosting the appearance of your driveway. Be sure to contact a quality driveway paving contractor and make the most visible part of your home look attractive.
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