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Driveways

Article By: Sid Lezamiz
Published: Published: Aug 27, 2019 | Updated: Feb 20, 2024 at 10:59 am
Categories: General Audience

Driveways
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Driveways are often overlooked as a major contributor to both the curb appeal and function of your home and property.  There are a few different choices of materials that come with different price points.  How prominent the driveway is to the overall look and use of your property can be elevated depending on the choice.

Concrete.  A common choice for both durability, cost and appeal.  $5 to $6 per square foot.  Up to 50-year life span.
Concrete driveways can become uneven due to many different factors: freezing and thawing, soil erosion, animal burrowing and more. By gently lifting, while filling all the voids under the slab, then creating a clean surface by filling in all holes and cracks, our process can provide a long-term solution to most of these problems.

Gravel.  Very budget friendly.  Compacts nicely.  Does require regrading and maintenance.  $1 to $3 per square foot.  Up to 100 years life span.
There are multiple benefits to choosing a gravel driveway. It is significantly cheaper than other driveways especially on larger areas. It is permeable which means it (usually) does not require planning permission. On driveways we would always recommend a minimum of 20mm gravel stones to ensure its stable enough for larger vehicles.

Brick.  Beautiful choice to set off an inviting curb appeal.  Needs to be properly installed to stand up.  $6 to $10 per square foot.  About 25-year lifespan.
A well-paved driveway offers numerous benefits to the homeowner, from enhancing the value of property to improving the overall look of the home, thereby attracting the interest of potential buyers. The investment can also go a long way to ease drainage issues, so you don’t have to worry about water pooling and dirt accumulation. Brick driveways, in particular, are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners as more people turn to creative alternatives to asphalt and concrete driveways.

Paving Stones.  Both beautiful and durable.  Luxurious look when installed.  $15 to $30 per square foot.  Up to 100-year life span.
Sure, you could have a dull, gray concrete or asphalt driveway like just about everyone else… Or, you could stand out and make a statement with a gorgeous, attention-grabbing driveway made from paver stones. It’s a great way to add elegant hardscaping to your front yard, making something utilitarian into something that’s also aesthetically pleasing and valuable. And there are plenty of other benefits of a paver driveway, too.

Asphalt.  Looks and functions a lot like concrete, but less expensive and less rigid.  Requires annual or semi-annual re-sealing to last.  $2 to $5 per square foot.  12 to 20-year life span. Winter is infamous for putting driveways through a freeze-thaw cycle as temperatures plummet below freezing and then creep back up time and again. Water in and under the pavement expands and contracts each time. This can put intense pressure on the driveway material. Fortunately, asphalt is, by nature, quite flexible. This flexibility can help it withstand the pressures of freezing and thawing.