Why Install a Concrete Driveway?
In your research, you’ll see you have several options available such as asphalt, gravel, cement, and concrete. Each material has its own pros and cons, but perhaps the most popular of all is concrete, and for very good reasons.
Concrete Driveways Built to Last
Driveways are exposed to the elements 24/7. The weather can be tough on any kind of driveway anywhere but can be especially consequential in Minnesota and Wisconsin with harsh, freezing winters; contrasted with hot, humid summers. The ground and the concrete are cycling through expansion and contraction phases like no other region. This means that driveways can become cracked and damaged if they are not properly installed up to industry standards. Our installation contractors at Cornerstone Concrete LLC specialize in concrete driveways and go above and beyond industry standards as we install your new concrete driveway or replace your old one, so your driveway can be with you for generations to come.
We also have added a fail-safe to be sure your concrete driveway lasts decades longer than it should. Introducing fiber reinforced concrete! We add synthetic fibers (in this case Macro Synthetic Fibers) to reinforce the concrete better than rebar can; ensuring your driveway properly flexes with the temperatures through the winter for less cracking.
Concrete Driveways are a Better Investment
If you have had estimates done, you may have been told that concrete will be more expensive than asphalt. Considering the durability of concrete, however, it makes for a more cost-effective investment in the long-run. In addition to being able to withstand those harsh Minnesota winters, concrete is also able to take on very heavy loads. Driveways made from materials like aggregate or asphalt might have difficulty coping with particularly heavy vehicles.
Some people might also comment that concrete is not as appealing as other types of driveways. This is not necessarily the case. If done right, a concrete driveway can be very aesthetically pleasing with a smooth gray tone, stamping, or another desired color. There is some room for creativity to help ensure you get a concrete driveway replacement or installation that you love. Our team is dedicated to laying a driveway that is not only functional but also aesthetically appealing. Especially since it can also affect the value of your home.
Concrete Driveways Are Low Maintenance (but Ours are No Maintenance)
Some driveways can be very difficult to maintain, particularly those made with loose aggregate. Whereas, concrete needs only a little more than the occasional sweep with a stiff broom. At Cornerstone Concrete we will apply a sealant to the surface of your new concrete driveway. This sealant helps to make maintenance easier and quicker, while also helping to increase durability. We are specialists in concrete driveway installation and replacement, materials, sealants, driveway enhancements, and everything in between, to help you make the right decision for your home.
We have since brought on more innovative practices and products, like E5 internal cure. This additive goes right in with the cement mix to shorten curing time, make the coloring more consistent, and provide a built-in sealant, so you won’t ever have to seal your driveway again.
Our Concrete is Sustainable
Not only does performance matter, but the environment matters too, leading us to partner with Holcim as our main supplier, whose concrete is validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its eco-friendly properties that support climate goals.
Holcim’s sustainability approach encompasses four key pillars: climate, circular economy, nature, and people, with ambitious net-zero emissions targets and a focus on innovation (like us!) and circular economy principles. They actively protect biodiversity and preserve water resources through nature-positive initiatives, guided by science-based targets.
Together, we offer a comprehensive and sustainable approach for residential concrete driveways, ensuring the creation of strong, long-lasting driveways while contributing to environmental preservation.
Are you ready to get your concrete driveway replaced?
The Cornerstone Difference – Our Proven Concrete Installation Process
1. Tear Out Crew (Replacement)
2. Set Up Crew
3. Pour Crew
4. Cut and Clean Crew
5. Seal Crew
Ready for the Residential Concrete Driveway Experts to Come to You?
While we would love to pour concrete driveways all over the country, unfortunately, our trucks and crews can’t travel too far away.
The Cornerstone Concrete business started in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has since expanded to Wisconsin. Check out our local service areas to see if we can bring our crews out to you.