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Old 05-17-2019, 05:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Stamped concrete or exposed aggregate concrete, there are companies who do stamped asphalt also. click the link below then click on the other tabs and look at some other ideas....... $$$$$$
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Exposed agg concrete FTW. Stamped is nice to look at, but is very expensive and very high maintinance. Exposed actually looks better as it ages.Also alot more durable, as its all stone on top.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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No way would i want a stamped driveway with the way concrete spall''s nowadays. you never know what you're going to get from the plants either. lot's of chert in the aggregate around here too. then add in salt coming off your vehicles, there is a good chance that driveway will look like shit in a few years. I ask some of the best finishers around here what they think of stamped and most do not recommend it unless its a covered patio or well maintained foot only area. Winters like last year were hell on concrete. I have seen some exposed aggregate drives that still lokked good after many years, most around here just do a border.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Concrete is nice, but there is a saying. Concrete that is cracked, or concrete that will crack. Plan on that fact if going concrete. I would not waste the money on stamped concrete for a cold climate. It just doesn't hold up as well.
We have a couple of different color poured concrete slabs. They look better than standard concrete. There are trade offs though. Cost is a little higher from the plant. It is also not a quick patch job if you need one down the road.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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A nice roller stamp with charcoal colored release, have done quite a few over the years, mainly patio stuff decorative, but would compliment your building colors very nicely! Its just a light pattern that after you pour and float you add the release so the roller doesn't stick to the concrete and the color of the release stays in. Easy to work with cause the roller goes on the float handles so you can reach everything from outside the slab. You could get way more technical if you wanted, but this is just a simple one color idea.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Rubber mulch?
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:20 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Pea gravel, river rock or base gravel #3/clean stone is what i am going for for. Easier to maintain in the arctic climate than cracked contrete/asphalt.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:02 AM   #18 (permalink)
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It depends on what you plan on doing with it during the winter. Are you going to plow it, snowblow it or shovel it? If you don't get a solid freeze before it snows the any of the above become a major pain in the butt. I went with asphalt for mine and will never go back to a dirt driveway.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:44 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Dollies on anything stamped will be a pita. Blacktop is great provided the base is done properly. And concrete in a driveway should really be a minimum of 6" thick (lot of people go with 4") with some good mesh or even small bar. And seal coating concrete helps with protecting it as well as letting the sun do it's magic to thaw things out.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:33 AM   #20 (permalink)
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...stone dust...
packs like concrete, drains, LOW maintenance, easy fixes and doesn't plow up like bigger stone... $.02...
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