An attractive driveway surface can definitely add an interesting touch of aesthetic enhancement to a home and boost the overall look of the surroundings to all who see it. Nowadays, more people than ever are choosing to go with their instincts and upgrade their home, as not only does it give homeowners a better looking place to live in, but it also increases the selling price should they think of moving somewhere else in the future.
Popular types of driveway surfaces include gravel, concrete, paving, solid surface and crushed stone. Let’s have a look at each of them:
Gravel works out as a cost effective and affordable solution for the creation of a driveway surface. This is now frequently being used for those long driveways or large parking areas and is made from a surface of loose stones over a solid base. Gravel can come in various colours and sizes from Harper Bagged Products and will allow water to run off into the ground rather than creating those unsightly puddles on a driveway surface.
Concrete driveway surfaces were the most popular at one time and are made by pouring it into the driveway area and then allowing it to harden. This option is usually in a traditional grey with no tint added. To make a more decorative concrete, colours can be mixed it is poured, or decorative patterns can be stamped into the concrete after it has been poured and while still wet. For any exposed aggregate surface concrete, gravel or stones may be added to the surface before the concrete has set to give it a textured look.
Paving has become somewhat popular lately and may be made from concrete, brick, or natural stone. Concrete paving is the least expensive paving option and comes in differing sizes, shapes, and colours. Natural stone is more expensively priced and can be in either cobblestone or slate paving. A while ago, because of the expense, this option was used only for front walkways or patios instead of entire driveway surfaces, but not so much anymore.
Driveway surfaces, such as asphalt, are also one of the most common driveway options. The asphalt must be sealed, and if a sealant is not utilised, any water will very easily seep into the asphalt during the winter months and then freeze. This expansion will then cause the asphalt to crack and break, so care must be taken.
- Crushed Stone
Crushed stone is similar to gravel in that it is also made up of loose stones over a solid base. The difference is that a gravel driveway is usually made up of larger stones, whereas crushed stone surfaces are created from much smaller stones. Crushed stones come in various colours that can be either moderately or finely crushed.
Well, there certainly are a number of choices! Make sure that your home looks just the way you know it can and should!