Your driveway plays an integral role in the overall aspect of your landscape design. It’s central to a person’s first impressions of your property; it adds real value to your home or business, and it can be multi-functional.
However, which material should be used for your driveway? From gravel and concrete to pavers and asphalt, you have several choices.
In this issue, we’ll take a look at how pavers stack up against concrete and asphalt-based driveways.
Selecting the right material that’s best for your home or business can be an intimidating experience – but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about finding the best solution for you.
Once installed, you should expect to get 10-20 years of life from your concrete driveway.
While a minimum amount of maintenance (cleaning, stain removal, etc.) is necessary, it’s common for concrete drives to experience difficult-to-repair cracking.
In addition, while concrete performs well in mild climates like the one we enjoy here in San Diego, it does not perform as well in colder environments.
As long as it’s properly installed, you should expect to get 25-30 years out of your asphalt driveway. Keep in mind, though, that several months after it’s been installed, you’ll need to have it sealed. In fact, it’ll probably have to be resealed every 3-5 years.
Limited in design, asphalt can become sticky and “gooey” in extreme instances of heat.
While you could install driveway pavers as a DIY project, it’s best to have a professional do it. There’s a bit of excavation and grading before the foundation is prepped.
You should expect to get 25-30 years of use from your pavers.
As for maintenance, they’re generally easy to keep healthy. If a chip or crack is noticed, all that’s needed is usually a single replacement tile.
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