Driveway Installation And Maintenance

The perfect driveway is not just practical; it provides your front yard and home with an ideal complementary touch. By taking a proper care and maintenance you can enjoy the quality and beauty of your driveway for years to come.
4 popular driveway materials:
1. Asphalt.
Pros
Asphalt holds up well against drastic temperature changes. And even when repairs are needed, recapping (adding a fresh layer over the original foundation) is a relatively quick process.

Cons
While it’s low cost to install, asphalt calls for regular upkeep, so resealing every 2 to 4 years is recommended. This shields the surface from weather erosion and chemicals like car fluids.

2. Gravel.
Pros
Relatively inexpensive and quick to install, gravel’s a great choice for many homeowners. It’s also an understated way to accent a variety of home styles. Plus, with the right installation and proper maintenance, a gravel driveway can last a lifetime.

Cons
Talk about high maintenance. For one thing, gravel creates dust. The loose rocks can get into your car, house, grass, garage, and even your shoes. Weeding can prove difficult, and refreshing the top layer is needed every 1 to 5 years

3. Concrete.
Pros
It’s all in the name — concrete is solid! In general, major cracks shouldn’t be an issue. Design options range from a flat pave to a stamped, colored, or patterned finish. You can personalize in endless ways.

Cons
Stains are difficult to remove. While major cracks aren’t likely, damage can be caused by installation missteps, and rampant tree roots.

4. Pavers.
Pros
Pavers are available in a variety of colors and shapes. Concrete pavers are lower cost while clay, brick, and natural stone can get pricey. But, if part of the driveway cracks, you can sometimes just replace the affected pieces instead of tearing up the entire driveway.

Cons
Pavers are expensive to install and finding replacement pavers that match your original choice can be difficult. If you go with brick pavers, harsh weather can easily wear down the uneven edges.

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