Let’s face it—Tulsa’s weather is harsh on the concrete driveway of your home or business. It probably comes as no surprise to see potholes, cracks, and other damage to your driveway, making for a bumpy ride for your family, employees, and guests.
Because your driveway is often the first thing people see when they visit your home or business, an unattractive, damaged concrete surface can lessen curb appeal and put visitors off. But a damaged driving surface can also hurt your tires and throw off your wheel alignment. So, it pays to make sure your concrete driveway stays in good condition—and to invest in a new driveway when you need one.
How Concrete Gets Damaged Over Time
Concrete is an excellent substance for paving your Tulsa area driveway. It typically lasts a long time—as much as 30 to 40 years, or even longer. And it is low maintenance, making it easy to care for.
The biggest challenge to concrete’s durability? Tulsa’s freezing temperatures and quick thaws. During winter, rain, snow, and ice can slip into cracks in your concrete. This water can freeze and expand, worsening cracks and potholes. The thawing and refreezing that often happens in the Tulsa area can be detrimental to your concrete driveway over time.
Signs Your Concrete Driveway Needs Repair or Replacement
Is it time to repair or replace your concrete driveway? Ask yourself:
- Is the problem merely cosmetic, such as stains from leaking oil? Power washing the driveway surface might improve its appearance, as long as the stains are light.
- Does the surface have just a few, thin cracks or small potholes in areas that vehicles rarely traverse? Patching may be a useful interim solution—but keep in mind, patching is temporary. And the shading of the patches will likely differ from the rest of the driveway surface, lessening its attractiveness.
- Does your driveway have issues that are not easily solved with cleaning or patching?
- Large potholes
- Sizeable uneven patches
- Drops and rises that can damage a vehicle’s suspension
- Steep drop-offs
- Ugly stains that can’t be removed by power washing
- Broken up areas that can’t be patched
- Unpaved areas that you’d like to pave
All these issues are signs that your concrete driveway needs to be resurfaced or replaced, depending on how severe the damage is.
What Will a New Concrete Driveway Cost?
According to Angie’s List, concrete contractors charge anywhere from $5 to $7 per square foot. HomeAdvisor.com estimates the cost at $6 per square foot. For a typical two-car driveway (38 feet by 16 feet), driveway owners can expect to pay between $3,040 and $4,256.
Other Costs and Considerations
Of course, the average cost of a new driveway is based on many factors. Here are some other issues that may impact the price you’ll pay for a concrete driveway:
- Permits and other municipal fees—Such fees are not included in the per square foot price of the concrete.
- Engineering needs—The average price per square foot typically applies to straight, flat surfaces. A driveway surface with slopes, curves, or angles will require more planning and cost more.
- Land clearing and preparation—Plan to add to your budget if you are installing a concrete driveway on land that has not previously been paved.
- Excavation—For surfaces that need to be evened out, excavation may be necessary, and will add to the cost.
- Decorative features—Inlays, colored concrete, and other decorative features add to your driveway’s attractiveness but will also impact the final cost of the work.
Finding the Right Concrete Contractor Starts with Learning More
When your Tulsa home or office needs a new concrete driveway, remember to do your research. Ask for referrals and recommendations, and request an estimate.
R&M Concrete is an experienced Tulsa concrete contractor that takes pride in providing our clients with superior, professional concrete service that results in a property you can be proud of. We communicate with you every step of the way as we give you a beautiful, long-lasting driveway. Contact us today at 918-809-2235 to request a free estimate or learn more about our concrete services.