A paved driveway is one of the big things you can do to improve the overall curb appeal of your home. If you are currently having some driveway construction being done at your home, it is possible to share your ideas with the pavement company to make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your residential paving services. So even if they are doing a good job, but you want to discuss an idea, go ahead, it is ok.
It is your home, so the final decision of which materials should be used is yours to make. Listen to the professionals as they do have experience, but do not feel intimidated, the final choice is yours to make. While you have many choices, the most popular by far are the choices of asphalt or concrete. Either of these will look great if done properly, but they each have their drawbacks as well.
The material used for paving should be a good choice for all of the family. Part of the decision making will include considering the on-going cost of repairs and related maintenance charges. Also remember that the climate you live in is also a determining factor as some material may not be suitable for your region.
As the driveway is a central part of your overall landscape and design, choosing material that will blend with, and enhance the rest of your landscape, will be the best choice. Some material is by design made for colder climates, while others were specifically designed for hot regions. Some are designed to be ok to use in most climates, but regardless of which situation you have or material you choose, it should enhance your landscape, not stand out in great contrast to it.
Since you are likely to choose one of the two most popular materials which are concrete or asphalt, you should know their details. Asphalt is a combination of small pebbles or rocks mixed together with petroleum. To install concrete a sub-base is created and then the concrete is poured in and allowed to dry.
If you have the common understanding that asphalt is always black and concrete is always off-white and those are the only options, you are misinformed. Today you can have multiple choices with either of these, although concrete has more choices of color than does asphalt.
If concrete, you will likely want to choose the stamped concrete. With concrete it is likely that your shoes can pick up oil stains that are then brought into the home. You will certainly want to avoid that from happening. Even if this is not a concern, you will want to avoid the look of ugly oil stains that can happen on the light colored concrete.
If you live in colder areas, asphalt is more ideal for you as it can soften and crack more often in warmer climates. Concrete on the other hand is impervious to the heat. If you are set on the idea of having concrete although you are in a cold area, you will need to make certain that it is laid with great care. If you plan to use salt to melt snow and ice, you should know that it will likely damage the concrete driveway.
Now we understand that making the decision on which pavement option is right for your situation. So it’s ideal to consult with a paving contractor before going ahead with the task of paving. This will ensure that you’re well informed beforehand and make the right choice.