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One Of A Kind Driveways
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Driveways are a distinctive element to your homes exterior
appearance. Several things need to be taken into consideration when
deciding upon the driveway that is right for you and your home.
Consider your landscaping, the condition of your soil, drainage, and
the freeze and thaw cycles of your region. In addition to all of
these factors, you will have to select the material in which your
driveway will be constructed of.
Driveway Material Options:
• Concrete: A long lasting material (up to 30 years), requires
little maintenance, significantly less expensive than other
materials. Can be given unique textures, can be colored, and shaped.
You can brush and finish your concrete driveway to give it a
smooth/slippery texture, or a more rigid texture. Offers superior
durability, skid resistance, abrasion and scuffing residence. Also,
the way light is reflected off concrete driveways make them safe for
the family. Easy to clean. Decorative (stamped, stenciled, colored,
• Stone: Very attractive and easy to maintain. Comes in an array of
colors, sizes and finishes. Offers great drainage and a non-slip
surface. Stone driveways will increase the value of your home.
However, they are difficult to clean and will need to be re-stoned
in order to maintain it's lasting appeal. Incredible ability to
withstand extreme weather conditions. You also have the option of
mixing stone with concrete to create a style of your own.
• Brick: Traditional surfacing material. Very simply to work with.
Comes in several colors, can be arranged in unique patterns,
available in standard shapes and sizes, and offers a non-slip
surface. Brick is a recyclable material, durable, easily replaced,
reusable, and requires little maintenance.
• Pavers: Low-cost and decorative surface material. Interlocking
pavers can withstand a significant amount of weight and endure
extreme weather conditions. They come in a variety of shapes and
colors that allow you to be creative with your landscaping. They are
also crack resistant and easy to maintain.
• Compressed Earth: Well suited for rustic areas and country living.
In order to maintain the look and feel of a compressed earth
driveway, you will need to keep the grass between the track cut low
and provide efficient drainage. Most definitely your cheapest
• Asphalt: Cost effective alternative to concrete. Asphalt comes in
decorative options, can be re-layered, requires a certain amount of
maintenance to ensure a long life, makes snow removal easy, and can
withstand dramatic temperature changes. It is a strong, durable
driveway material this is commonly used.