A beautiful and tidy driveway can add greatly to a home’s curb appeal, even to the point where it might increase the home’s value. However, driveway paving is heavy work, so most homeowners happily turn to a professional company like Pacific Pavingstone to do it.
One of the most popular materials for paving a driveway is asphalt. Asphalt paving is made by mixing the asphalt, a petroleum product, with gravel. Because it’s softer than concrete, it can withstand frost heaves and settling. When it does crack or develop potholes, these can be easily fixed.
The best time to patch asphalt is when it’s warm, because asphalt becomes brittle in temperatures lower than 60 degrees F. An asphalt driveway should be sealed every few years or when it starts to develop hairline cracks.
Concrete is also a good material for a driveway. What’s even better is that concrete no longer has to be ugly and merely functional as it was in the past. Even outdoor concrete can be polished, stained, dyed, and made into interesting patterns by the concrete fabricators.
Some homeowners prefer a loose fill driveway. This sort of driveway can be made of gravel, pebbles, crushed rock, slag, or cinders. These types of driveways can be very attractive. They’re also inexpensive to install and to maintain and they’re not subject to cycles of freezing and thawing that can mar concrete or asphalt. The problem with loose fill driveways is that use can spray bits of it onto the lawn or down the storm sewers. This means the material will need to be replenished over the years. Loose fill, however, isn’t appropriate for a steeply sloped driveway.
Brick pavers are another good material for driveway paving. Brick pavers are easy to install and can be laid in very attractive patterns. Stone can also be made into pavers for the driveway.
If you’re looking to spruce up your old driveway into something a bit more appealing, be sure to contact us today for all of your driveway paving needs! We will be happy to discuss the wide array of options with you and help you get the driveway you desire.