- Concrete Driveways Info
- Concrete Driveway Pictures
- Exposed Aggregate
- Stamped Concrete Driveways
- Stained Concrete Driveways
- Driveway Standards and Planning Tips
- Concrete Driveway Projects: Submitted by driveway contractors across the U.S.
- Concrete Driveway FAQs
- Common Questions about Concrete Driveways
- Concrete Driveway Cost
- Installing and Maintaining Concrete Driveways
- Concrete Driveway Construction Basics
- Concrete Driveway Maintenance
- Concrete Driveway Repair
- Driveway Sealer for Concrete
- Going Green with Concrete Driveways
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Driveway Design Ideas for New Driveways
Use the links below to get ideas of all of the types of decorative concrete applications that can be applied to a newly poured concrete driveway.
Stamped Concrete Driveways
Concrete is placed, with the color integral in the mix or "dusted on" at the job, then stamped. A wide variety of patterns are available to emulate bricks, stones, pavers, or flagstone.
Comparison Chart: Stamped Concrete versus Other Paving Materials
Colored Concrete Driveways
A wide variety of colors are available. Colors are often chosen to match stone or other elements around the home. Colors are often combined with stamped concrete. Concrete colors are either added to the concrete at the ready mix plant, or "dusted on" at the project site.
Click here to review the colors available from Davis Colors.
Click here to review colors available from Alabama Pigments (PDF file)
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While concrete engraving is often done on existing driveways- it produces a look like elaborate brickwork at a fraction of the cost. So a plain gray driveway can be poured, then stained and engraved to look like brick.
Review this section on concrete engraving
Stained Concrete Driveways
Chemical stains penetrate the concrete surface to create beautiful color tones in existing concrete. Stains react directly with the concrete's minerals and produce uneven, mottled, and variegated color effects. Chemical stains can be used for both interior and exterior applications and are often used on concrete that had already been colored integrally or with the dry shake method.
Concrete Art in Newport Beach, Calif., routes designs in the concrete and then applies stains inside the routed out designs for dramatic effect. The routed out area can be stained an offsetting color for a tiled effect.
View the color chart for concrete stains.
Exposed Aggregate Finishes
3/8" colorful pebbles are placed in the concrete at the plant or "seeded" into the concrete at the jobsite. At the right time during the finishing operation, the top layer of cement paste is washed off the surface leaving the tops of the pebbles exposed.
Review the section about exposed aggregate.
Intricately Sawed or Grooved Patterns
Concrete can be sawed into patterns with a concrete saw or grooved with a hand tool. Often different colors will be used in the different "fields" of the pattern by using concrete stains.
The driveway above was plain concrete with many cracks. Concrete Art in Newport Beach, Calif. scored the driveway in a random stone pattern then stained the fields.
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