by Lora Leon

Curb appeal is your home’s first impression, so the materials you choose for your steps, driveway, patio, or other hardscape can make a major impact. While concrete is always a solid choice, several pervasive myths may give some homeowners pause. Let’s breakdown the truth behind those myths and look at why concrete may be the right choice for you.


MYTH #1 – Concrete cracks.

First things first, cracking can happen no matter what material you choose. But there are some steps to help prevent cracking. This is where having a good contractor comes in. Preparation, pouring, finishing, and curing methods are important for keeping concrete in its best possible shape.

MYTH #2 – Having concrete installed will leave a mess and damage your property.

The concrete industry is known for being “sloppy and destructive.” This is another reason choosing the right contractor is so important. Ben Driskell of Flatmade Concrete Co explains that pouring concrete is a naturally messy process, and some amount of demo is required. But Flatmade (and any decent contractor) takes pride in protecting your valuable assets as part of their preparation and invests time in cleanup at your property after the project is completed.

MYTH #3 – Concrete is more expensive than asphalt.

Many people believe that asphalt is cheaper than concrete. However, Ben shared with us that, “due to rising oil prices, concrete can be cheaper and easier to get.” The bang for your buck is also better with concrete, as it’s more durable and lasts longer than asphalt (an estimated 20 years longer).

MYTH #4 – Concrete is boring and unsightly.

When we think of concrete, we usually picture a simple, gray surface. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Companies like Flatmade offer a variety of options that make concrete look downright stunning. It can be polished to enhance natural character or even stained to add beautiful color.

Concrete can also be stamped or stenciled to mimic stone pavers, brick pavers, or even wood. Exposed aggregate reveals small stones at the surface for a natural look. Sand matrix finishing leaves a gritty texture that sparkles in the sunlight.

Concrete is quite versatile, and can really enhance your home’s curb appeal. It all starts with choosing the right contractor to get lasting results that you’ll love for decades. Contact Flatmade Concrete to learn more about concrete options for your next project.