If you recently purchased a home for your family that does not have a finished driveway, then you have a big decision to make! There are three different options that you can choose from that will each give your home a more polished appearance and help prevent unnecessary damage to your cars:
Here is some information on each of these options to help you correctly make this important decision:
Gravel Driveway Basics
The least expensive option for finishing your new home's driveway is to have gravel installed. There is a wide variety of different rock types that are mined for creating driveways, including
- pea gravel
- clean stone
- quartz chips
- marble chips
In addition, your local rock quarry has other options that are native rocks in your locale. Native rock is typically the least expensive option when it comes to graveling a driveway.
Ultimately, the gravel you choose should match the color scheme of your home and allow your home to fit into your neighborhood. You should also know that gravel driveways are prone to dust and the gravel will move around in inclement weather and as you drive over it.
Concrete Driveway Basics
For a shorter driveway, concrete makes a nice surface. The concrete can be stamped with a design or left natural. In addition, there are some concrete coloration products on the market that allow you to get a custom colored concrete driveway.
Concrete is not a good choice if your new home has a very large or very long driveway. Concrete is prone to cracking, and the larger the section of concrete the bigger the chance of its failure.
Asphalt Driveway Basics
Asphalt makes a nice driveway surface for your home because of its dark black color and durability. While asphalt needs to be seal coated each year before winter to help protect it from damage, the main asphalt pad can last for decades.
Asphalt driveways are typically lower cost than concrete, but they are not without cracking problems of their own. Asphalt breaks down in the sun and rain, and this causes the asphalt to crack and lift. Yearly seal coating will keep the asphalt pad safe from the weather.
Installing a driveway surface on your new property will add to the value of your home and make it look phenomenal as well. For further information on each of the above driveway surfaces, you should contact a licensed paving contractor in your local area, such as A-1 Services.