Why We Love Brushed Concrete Driveways (and You Should Too!)

You can refer to them as concrete driveways or cement driveways; they are the same thing. It wasn’t long ago that you had two options for a driveway: concrete or asphalt. Stamped concrete driveways, colored concrete driveways, and decorative concrete driveways are just a few of the modern concrete driveway options. Indeed, a decorative concrete driveway is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your property, and it far outperforms the drab and industrial appearance of an asphalt driveway.

Do I Need a New Driveway?

Concrete driveways are designed to last several decades, but they are not meant to last forever. Your driveway will be subjected to a great deal of wear and tear over time. The weather will play a significant role in the demise of your driveway. The weight of your vehicle on concrete will eventually erode the structural integrity. Here are some indicators that you need a new driveway.

Puddles of Water

When you see pooling water, this is an indication that you need a new driveway. If there are puddles of water on your driveway, it indicates that there is a structural issue. Pools of water are another issue because they cause further deterioration of your driveway.


If you notice cracks forming on your driveway, it is a sign that you need to replace it. Small cracks can be repaired, but deep and long cracks indicate serious damage.


Cracks are unwelcome, but potholes are unsightly and can cause damage to your vehicle. Consider this: driving over the same potholes in your driveway on a daily basis will wear out your tires and suspension. Smaller potholes can be repaired, but larger potholes will continue to crack and grow wider and deeper.


The hot sun beating down on your driveway will cause it to fade over time. While you may believe that the problem is purely cosmetic, a fading driveway may be compromised. You should think about getting a new driveway.

It’s Old

If you know that your driveway is 40 years old, it might be time to have it replaced. Even though your driveway might not show signs of wear, there is a point in which its life has come to an end.

The Benefits of Brushed Concrete Driveways

  • Lifecycle Expense

The primary advantage of an asphalt driveway is the lower initial cost. Budgetary considerations may influence some people’s decisions to use asphalt.

A concrete driveway, on the other hand, lasts longer. A concrete driveway has a service life that is approximately 50-60% longer than an asphalt driveway. As a result, the lower initial cost of asphalt is usually offset by higher maintenance costs. Because of UV radiation, oxidation, water, and chemicals, the liquid binder that holds the aggregates together are prone to cracking, disintegration, and distortion.


For many, the standard light gray surface offers considerable curb appeal. However, for those who want a darker or more organic look to their home design options exist with colored concrete as an answer that blends beautifully alongside homes architectural designs and textures – Stamped surfaces offer highly textured looks whereas exposed aggregates provide three-dimensional shapes which can create appealing effects on its own depending what you’re looking for!


Concrete pavements are cooler than asphalt pavements because they absorb less UV radiation. To appreciate the difference, compare walking barefoot on the two types of surfaces on a hot day. Although the heat absorption of asphalt is advantageous in the winter, this advantage is offset by the consequences of having a hotter driveway in the summer.


Concrete is a great option for people who need to deal with heavy loads like trucks on their property. Asphalt will flex, but concrete never moves – it’s the best material if you have large vehicles or other types of equipment that could cause damage when driving over ruts in your driveway!

Orinda Driveway & Entryway

The use of contraction joints and penetrating sealers can help reduce the cost of maintenance on your pavement. Contractions allow concrete to shrink less, while still protecting it from de-icing or absorption by moisture in contact with air; they also isolate cracking as this happens due to thermal expansion/contraction (such as freezing rain). Sealcoating periodically keeps them safe so you don’t need frequent resealing – even if there are some cracks here and there!


When an asphalt driveway is first installed, evaporative oils are released that can get on the soles of shoes. If an oily or corrosive compound gets on the asphalt surface, you may track sticky, oily material into your home or vehicle. This is especially true in hot weather. This type of dissolution does not occur on the surface of a concrete driveway.


A concrete driveway is the more environmentally friendly paving solution. It requires less energy overall to both produce and place this material, as opposed to asphalt which requires heating of hot mix at 200-250 degrees F for proper curing before it can be applied on top; seal coating every 3-5 years consumes petroleum products in addition. Finally, an area with a durable surface lasts longer than one that needs regular maintenance through replacement cycles over time so there’s no need to consume extra resources just because their homeowners want something new after ten years!


Do you intend to put your house on the market at some point? If that’s the case, put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers for a moment. Do you want a house with an asphalt or concrete driveway? A concrete driveway may make it easier to sell your home in the future, and you’ll most likely recoup some of your investment.

Are You Looking for a Company to Build a Brushed Concrete Driveway for Your Home?

Spaulding Concrete has been the SF Bay Area’s top concrete builder for over 30 years.  We’re here to build your new driveway, no matter what problem may exist. We have the specialized equipment, services, and professional experience that you need to make permanent improvements to your building’s foundation. To get you started on the right foot, we would be happy to give you a free quote for the repair of the foundation. When you reach out by phone or email we will have one of our foundation experts answer any questions you have and explain how we can restore integrity and structural stability to your home or company building permanently. Successful concrete projects require careful planning and thorough preparation. Spaulding Concrete reviews the site and designs to ensure that the concrete and base structure follows the criteria for the planned use and that the layout and finishes are suitable for the project. The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget, and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control.

To schedule your free quote, contact us today! We are proud to serve Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, and the surrounding areas.