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Comparing Pavers vs. Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveways

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 19 February , 2020
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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.

Pavers vs. Concrete vs. Asphalt

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.

  • Concrete
    A favorite among many California property owners, a concrete driveway is usually poured into place. You can also have it stamped to show a pattern or resemble a brick, stone or wood texture.

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.

  • Asphalt
    Another popular choice for property owners in Southern California, asphalt is made from a combination of crushed rock, sand, slags and other material.

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.

  • Pavers
    Available in a host of designs, shapes, and colors, pavers give you the ability to manipulate the material to suit the appearance of your property and home.

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.  

For the Perfect Driveway Solution in San Diego, Call Juniper Landscape Company.

We’re a full-line landscaping provider with a host of services to make your property look its absolute best.

Whether you need custom lawn care, scheduled maintenance, plant selection, ideas for outdoor entertainment, water, and fire features, or a complete landscape design do-over, we’re the landscape providers of choice in San Diego.

Call us at 619-334-9464, let us give you a free estimate, or get in touch via email.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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