A walkway can be a practical and attractive addition to your home, especially if you or someone you live with uses a wheelchair. Here are five benefits of using concrete to build one on your property.
1. It’s durable Concrete is one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials you can use in landscaping. If it’s well installed, it will remain in good condition for upward of 30 years, even in harsh climates. 2. It’s low maintenance Concrete requires minimal upkeep. Clean it with a broom, leaf blower or hose in warmer months, and use a shovel or snow plow to keep it clear in the winter. In comparison, a gravel path needs to be cleaned by hand when it gets overrun with leaves and can’t be shovelled in winter without displacing the gravel. 3. It looks stylish A concrete walkway typically has a clean finish that can enhance the look of one’s property. In addition, there are a number of design options that can make your path even more attractive. It’s the perfect complement to a neatly manicured lawn. 4. It’s ideal for accessibility Concrete is the best option for a walkway if you or others in your household are older or have mobility issues. This is because concrete is a non-slip surface. Plus, it won’t have any gaps or cracks if it’s well installed. You can even install concrete paths to connect different spaces around the house. For example, you could connect the front yard with the backyard for practical purposes such as carrying materials from the front to the back of your house. Another very useful application of concrete pathways is that it can preserve your landscaping project with a well stablished path around it. The same isn’t true of walkways made with gravel, pavers or wood chips. These types of paths are uneven and therefore a serious tripping hazard for people with mobility issues. They’re also impossible to use for anyone in a wheelchair. Moreover, their upkeep can be challenging for people with limited mobility. 5. It can protect your foundation Concrete walkways or sidewalks can be installed around the foundation of your home to protect it against erosion. One of the main causes of structural issues in a home is water seeping into the foundation. This can occur if there’s a buildup of rainwater or snow around the house. By installing a concrete walkway around your home, you make it easier for water to drain away from the foundation and can consequently prevent structural damage. Work with an experienced concrete contractor For a perfectly installed concrete walkway, turn to the skilled team at Coastal Concrete. We’ve been providing residential and commercial concrete services throughout the Lower Mainland since 1990. Contact us today for a free estimate if you want to build concrete sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveways or stairs on your property in Greater Vancouver.