Adding value to your home means making a profit on the money you spend and getting back more than what you put in. Many people invest in their driveways and never recoup the money when they sell their home. Paving and brick driveways look beautiful but add far less to the value of your property than they cost to implement. This article will briefly look at three ways to improve a concrete driveway that cost far less than the amount they’ll add in value to your home.
Dull But Low-Maintenance
Concrete’s saving grace is that its low maintenance and in today’s economic climate this is a major boon. You want your home to have a contemporary, low-maintenance appeal to attract buyers. Getting paving and bricks laid can require the removal of existing concrete so it’s a definitive no-no when it comes to getting a return on your investment. Furthermore, potential buyers will be aware of on-going maintenance costs of paving and bricks that can unevenly sink in places, causing water to pool or edges to create tripping points.
1. Stain Your Driveway
Staining your concrete driveway is by far the cheapest option but its only advisable if the concrete is in good condition. There are two main ways to stain concrete acid staining and water/solvent-based staining. Each has different benefits but either way will be the cheapest way to improve your driveway and get back far more money than you spent when it comes time to sell your home. Acid staining reacts with the minerals in your driveway to produce permanent colours that don’t fade or peel. Water and solvent-based stains are cheaper and take less time to install. As they are absorbed into the concrete, however, while they give you more colour options they are transparent and will fade over time.
2. Get An Overlay
The latest polymer-modified overlays allow you to completely resurface your existing driveway without having to replace it. Overlays totally cover up worn and cracked concrete but most firms will repair minor damage before applying the overlay. The most expensive epoxy overlay solutions can look like marble or quartz for a fraction of the price which is highly durable and long-lasting. Overlays are commonly available in a variety of textures and colours such as flagstones, fans, bricks and stones if you wanted paving or brick you can still get the effect for a fraction of the price and realize a higher return on your investment.
3. Liquid Limestone
This is a great alternative to paving because it gives you a myriad of texture and pattern options at a fraction of the cost. Remembering that the goal here is to spend the least and add the most value, you can achieve this goal while creating spectacular living spaces using limestone. Besides driveways it’s also great for pool surrounds, pathways & alfresco areas due to its non-slip surface so if you try it and love it, you may want to use it in other areas of your garden to create a theme. Liquid limestone is far more striking than regular brick paving, it’s all-natural and most importantly the finish can be tailored to match the style of your home, so it really boosts your home’s value.