A concrete apron is a slab of concrete that extends from the top of a driveway to a few feet out past the garage. Driveway aprons are multi-purpose and can serve as both a decorative piece and also a vital element in a drainage system or in a home’s grading.
Since concrete aprons can be added independent of a driveway, they are often seen as the best solution for sunken driveways or flooding in a garage. They can also be useful in solving a variety of other problems that an improperly graded driveway may cause.
Concrete Aprons Vs. Asphalt Aprons
Both asphalt and concrete aprons can solve many of the issues that we’ve already described. They’re capable of remedying sunken driveways, improper drainage from the garage, and more.
There are, however, a couple of important differences between the two.
First of all, it’s important to note that concrete that’s installed properly is capable of being much more durable than asphalt. It has a stunning capacity for longevity while asphalt can often require frequent servicing.
That said, many people turn to asphalt when their garage has a damaged foundation. Before installation, our team would be happy to work with you to determine what the best fit for your driveway would be.
Concrete aprons and asphalt aprons are also very different aesthetically. Typically concrete is the choice of those who are looking to add an intriguing visual element to their driveway. Contractors like us are able to install decorative, stamped, colored, or more conventional solutions.
For some people, the visual element alone is reason enough to make an investment into a concrete driveway apron.
How to Identify a Sinking Driveway
First of all, consider what your driveway is typically exposed to. In many cases, driveways sink due to the wear and tear that can be produced by rain, snow, and ice. The sun can also play a role in this deterioration, so driveways that are more often exposed to it may be at a higher risk.
Once you’ve considered the conditions your driveway is often exposed to, look for where water tends to pool. If you notice that the top of your driveway tends to be the spot that large puddles or icy spots end up in, this may be evidence that your driveway is sunken.
Professional contractors like us are well equipped to help you identify the root of any problem that your driveway might have, but catching these warning signs could save you thousands if you’re able to see that there’s an issue that needs to be addressed.
If you’re looking for an installer, give us a call! We’re concrete repair and masonry specialists working in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota, and we’d love to help you find a driveway apron that fits your needs.