You drive on it every day and yet probably don’t think about it until it’s time for repair or replacement – it’s your driveway. Driveways can be as individualized as the home they offer entrance to. From brick to concrete to asphalt, driveways can be constructed of a variety of durable materials. If you are considering a
new driveway or are building a new home and selecting the driveway you want to install, you have several options. While your options are somewhat limited by budget and structural preferences, you can have most any style of driveway you choose. Obviously, you will be limited by building codes that might dictate the size and location of your driveway. However, you can choose from different styles of driveways if building permit allows.
Here are the most common type of driveways:
• Asphalt or blacktop driveways – Asphalt is the cheapest building material used for driveways. The initial cost of asphalt driveways is less compared to other types of driveways but asphalt driveways requires frequent maintenance. Typically, asphalt should be resealed every year or two.
• Brick or cobblestone driveways – These are considered “high-end” driveways and are usually quite expensive. A brick driveway can withstand for years but then it tends to appear uneven as time passes so regular or yearly maintenance is also required.
• Concrete or Cement driveway – The most popular type of driveway and the one you find in modern homes today. A concrete driveway can already be considered as part of the landscape outside the home because the concrete can make the house look attractive and elegant looking. Cement driveways are less expensive than brick driveways and do not require regular upkeep because no yearly resealing is needed unlike that of asphalt or blacktop driveways.
The types of concrete driveways are as follows:
- Plain concrete – is the basic and cheapest type of concrete driveway. It is plain in color and best suits those with limited budget but are longing for a durable driveway.
- Exposed aggregate concrete – uses materials that can be likened to granite which needs polishing in order for the beauty to come out. In the case of exposed aggregate concrete, pigment or other building materials still needs to be added to provide new color, texture or design to the concrete.
- Decorative or stamped concrete – can cost double or triple the price of plain concrete but it it’s definitely worth your money. Decorative or stamped concrete is today’s home remodeling. Homeowners can choose a color or texture for their stamped concrete driveway based on the color and style they prefer.
• Paving driveways – Some driveways are built using different materials or a combination of two or three. Pacing stones, brick pavers and natural stones are the common pavers used. They can make driveways look more attractive. But unfortunately, this type of driveway requires more time and is somewhat difficult to install. Paving driveways are also expensive and requires high maintenance.
The most important thing is to choose a driveway that will last for a long time and at the same time will really make your home more attractive and trendy.