Is Your Home Lacking Curb Appeal?

Consider replacing a flaking driveway and help restore property value.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: March 2014

Kalan Paul of LCI specializes in the replacement of driveways and other flatwork that have begun to show signs of deterioration.

Kalan Paul of LCI specializes in the replacement of driveways and other flatwork that have begun to show signs of deterioration.

Nothing destroys a home’s curb appeal faster than a deteriorating driveway that has become an eyesore of ­pitting and flaking concrete due to salting methods employed each winter. Our concrete driveways and ­sidewalks surrender to the precipitating corrosive effects while decreasing the value of our properties. It makes good sense to protect the value of your home by replacing the driveway when it has ­blatantly reached “the end of the trail.”  
    Kalan Paul and LCI Concrete specialize in ­driveway replacement. LCI has served the greater Tulsa area for nearly 10 years and takes pride in ensuring total ­customer satisfaction. “There are several cautions to be aware of before committing to having a driveway replaced,” said Kalan.  Here’s the advice he shared.
    1. Make sure any ­individual or company you’re considering has general ­liability and workman’s ­comprehensive insurance. If an accident should occur in the process of doing the job, you’ll want the assurance that you will not be held liable for any resulting expenses.
    2. Never consider doing business with an individual or company that has not been in business for at least one year. Many homeowners are still duped each year by ­individuals claiming to be in the home improvement ­business. Projects are often abandoned prior to ­completion or the quality of the work done is of ­unacceptable quality and standards.
    3. Insist that any representative with whom you are requesting a quote provides proof that they are a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Call the BBB and check the records to see if complaints have ever been filed.
    4. For concrete work, any contractor should mention the word “rebar” without your having to ask about it. Steel reinforcement rebar is critical when pouring ­concrete. “If rebar is not part of the fabrication,” says Kalan, “it can reduce the life of the finished product by 10 to 20 years.”
    5. Ask for references for projects similar to yours. Visit the site and check the quality of the work. If ­possible, talk with previous customers.
    6. Ask how long it will take to complete your project. Kalan says the average job should take two to three days.  If you are ­given an estimate that exceeds two days to three, ask why it would take that long.
    A project estimate from LCI is always free and includes the project’s total cost, the materials that will be used and how long it will take to complete the job. “Pouring a new or ­replacement driveway isn’t cheap,” says Kalan, “but when done expertly with quality ­materials, your drive should have a life expectancy of 30 to 40+ years.”

For more information, contact

LCI Concrete


 (918) 960-1440


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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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