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What is the Best Material to Use for a Driveway?

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  • If you live in a single-family home, there is an excellent chance that you have a driveway—they are pretty much hand-in-glove.

    Have you ever thought about what it's composed of? Have you ever wanted to have a different one?

    Driveways are made from different materials and come in different lengths and widths to accommodate the house and number of cars.

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Deciding your driveway style

Notes:

  • Believe it or not, the driveway is one of the first things that people notice when they view your home. It can say a lot about your home and send a message to the observer.
  • If you want a new driveway to improve curb appeal or because the current one is falling apart, do some research about styles and techniques for construction. Start by finding out what is the best material to use for a driveway, and let your imagination take it from there.
  • The varying types of driveway materials include:
    • —   concrete
    • —   asphalt
    • —   brick
    • —   stone
    • —   cobble stone
    • —   gravel
    • —   and other – let’s review four of the most popular kinds below.
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Paving stones

Notes:

  • Paving stones are the most expensive of driveway materials, but they are also the best looking. The lifespan of paving stones is over thirty years, and maintenance is low, so this is a good option if you aren’t much for working outdoors.
  • The aesthetic factor of stone is high, and the sky is the limit as far as colors and patterns go.
  • Stone blends well with other landscaping and design elements such as fountains and walkways. A major drawback with stone is that they are almost impenetrable and can become very slippery when wet. The runoff of the driveway creates soil erosion around the driveway as well.
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Asphalt

Notes:

  • Asphalt is a very common and highly functional material for driveways, and you’ll find it in front of many homes. It will last around twenty years and is much cheaper to install than stone and concrete.
  • Asphalt is fairly high maintenance and needs sealing and patching yearly, at minimum, to prevent fatigue cracking and holes. Well-maintained asphalt looks fresh and clean but isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as stone. Overall, asphalt is a very practical surface for a driveway that will need regular maintenance.
  • Well-maintained asphalt looks fresh and clean but isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as stone. Overall, asphalt is a very practical surface for a driveway that will need regular maintenance.
  • QUESTION?
    How Much Does It Cost to Install an Asphalt Driveway?
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Concrete

Notes:

  • At first blush, concrete and asphalt are similar materials and perform in the same fashion. Concrete is more durable, though, and depending on the climate, it will last much longer.
  • Sealing shortly after installation will keep it looking its best, but beyond that, it requires only occasional hosing to clean it up.
  • It will cost more per square foot than asphalt but will last longer and need less attention in the long run. Years ago, concrete didn’t look nice, but with stamping and dyeing techniques, you can make it look like any kind of stone or brick you want.
  • Concrete is a durable and aesthetically pleasing option that won’t break the bank like paving stones.
  • QUESTION?
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Aggregate

Notes:

  • When all else fails, and you just need someplace flat to park your car, go with aggregate—which is a nice way of saying rocks or gravel. Aggregate is the cheapest option and the easiest one to DIY.
  • It is very durable and doesn’t require any maintenance. You only need a flat spot to dump and spread the stone. Erosion is a concern, so you may have to add more after a few years.
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