Designing the Perfect Driveway: What Material Should You Use?

Just like the insides of houses can be a reflection of the people who live in them, the outside of a house does the same thing. From the garden to the driveway, these details can help make a house a home. Not only is the driveway a way to show the personality of the people who live there, it is also an important part of keeping the people who live in the house safe. It’s especially important to choose the correct driveway for the location of your home and the particular weather there.

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There are many different materials that can be used to create a driveway. From gravel to glass, from asphalt to concrete, there are many options for a driveway that help enhance the beauty and personality of your home.

Gravel and Concrete

Gravel is a cheaper option for driveways, and is recommended for long driveways. With long driveways and lovely scenery, gravel can give your home a rustic and homey feel. However, because it’s loose, it needs to be replaced frequently. In snowy climates, the gravel can be picked up during snow removal. It can also be washed away, or kicked up by cars. This could cause dents and windshield cracks.

Concrete is used quite a bit in homes in the suburbs. Concrete, like gravel, has several downsides. It does not hold up well under extreme cold or the chemicals used to remove ice, and it is very difficult to remove stains from concrete. It can also be expensive and difficult to repair. Despite that, it can last for a long time, and it doesn’t take much work to maintain a driveway made of concrete.

Hence, if you’re considering using concrete for your driveway, start looking for professionals who can handle the project. But before that, you might wonder how much it costs to have a concrete driveway. In that case, it’s best to check out the concrete cost calculator to estimate the project’s potential costs.  

Remember, the amount of money you’ll spend depends on factors such as the size of the driveway, thickness, and finish you want. So, know the calculations beforehand to set up a realistic budget.

Decorative

Although they may not seem practical, there are several options for creating your driveway that are very ascetically pleasing. These options include glass, bricks, and cobblestones. A driveway made of glass uses multiple pieces of glass, mostly collected from landfills. The glass is mixed with other materials and smoothed down to remove any sharp objects. Using glass not only gives your driveway a shine, and is also considered a very environmentally friendly choice.

However, using glass for your driveway can be expensive and need high maintenance.  

On the other hand, cobblestone and brick both tend to last for longer than other materials, but they are also much more expensive as well. They also can be difficult to keep clear if you live in a snowy environment. They also require regular sealing and complex installation requirements.  

But aside from the options mentioned above, there are other decorative materials for your driveway. For example, porcelain can be an expensive driveway material but an attractive choice for those looking to enhance their property’s curb appeal.  

Generally, having a porcelain driveway has several advantages. Aside from being aesthetically attractive, it’s easy to maintain and install. It’s also resistant to moisture damage, making it last longer. However, porcelain driveways have downsides. It’s difficult to cut, and its unique appearance may appeal to only some homeowners.  

Asphalt

When people are looking at redoing their driveways, the two most popular options tend to be asphalt and concrete. These are good options, and there are different arguments to support either a concrete or asphalt driveway. Asphalt does better in extreme cold, and isn’t damaged by de-icing. It’s also less likely to crack than concrete, and it’s easier to repair as well.

Asphalt can also be less expensive than other driveway materials and easily refreshed with a new layer to ensure its pleasing appearance. Of course, asphalt isn’t perfect. Some people think that it’s cheaper looking than concrete, and it also requires a reseal every few years. When it comes to maintenance, asphalt must be taken care of from time to time to ensure it’s in good working condition. When it’s exposed to excessive heat, asphalt tends to soften quickly.  

Some of these options, like asphalt and gravel, are better for longer or medium-sized driveways. Some, like glass and concrete, work better for shorter driveways. With that in mind, it’s important to ask the experts what kind of driveway is best for the climate you live in.

 

Tags: asphalt, concrete, driveway, garvel, outdoor design

Author: Maja Markovski

 

A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.

 

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