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When it comes to paving your driveway, there are several factors to take into account. The primary concern is what material to use. One type of material is loose stone, which tends to be inexpensive in comparison to other popular materials such as asphalt, tar and chip, or concrete. Loose stone is natural looking and pleasing to the eye, although there are some challenges to take into account. It may pose as difficult to walk on and prove to be a challenge when it comes to snow removal.
The most common material used is asphalt. Asphalt driveways are practical and functional. Once the driveway is paved, it can be nicely edged with a driveway edging, such as brick, pavers, or Belgian block. You can always add other materials as well such as tumbled pavers. Another nice addition to the asphalt is a circle of pavers which can be added to any area of the driveway.
Tar and Chip Driveway
If you're looking for a more rustic look, then the way to go is tar and chip. This is a combination of stone and asphalt and gives the driveway a more country kind of look. The stone used can be various colors depending on the surroundings. It does not have to be the black or dark gray color that you often see. There are lovely tan and brown stones out there also.
Concrete is another material choice. However, there is always a chance of this material cracking. It must be installed properly with attention paid to appropriate construction joints.
Stamped Concrete Driveway
Next in line comes stamped concrete. The same comments apply as to standard concrete. However, there is one more thing to think about. If you choose a natural pattern, you still must have construction joints to help prevent cracking. These construction lines will run through the naturalistic look of the pattern and can be quite unprofessional looking.
Concrete pavers can also be used for an entire driveway. This can be quite costly. I prefer to use pavers at the driveway apron, as a driveway edging or even as a circle design within the driveway. Using all pavers is not necessary to achieve an eye-catching design.
Brick is another option. Many of the bricks manufactured today have enough strength to support vehicles. An entire driveway in brick can get quite expensive, so if you like brick, consider using it as accents as I discussed above.
Natural stone can be used in particular areas of a driveway, such as edgings. Or you might consider using it at the driveway apron entry. Driveway stone must be strong enough for cars to drive on....granite is a good choice.
Expensive vs. Cheap Driveway Paving
Driveway paving that is at the more expensive end, such as pavers and brick tend to add on a significant amount to a landscape project. This is because a large amount of paving material must be used on a driveway. Labor costs can also be expensive.
You can create a beautiful driveway design by using a less expensive material and accenting it with other materials. You can also simply use a material such as asphalt, and put your funds into great landscaping, lighting and other garden features. An outstanding driveway design does not have to include expensive material. After all, it is the entire landscape design itself that is important.
Arthor and Source: Susan Schlenger
Driveway Landscaping Designs
A driveway is an essential part on any real-estate property. A driveway is normally seen in two types. A driveway that leads to the entrance porch of the building and a driveway that leads to the garage. 9in case of small houses.
As a general rule driveway is responsible to connect the internal parts of the plot to the main outer road. So vehicular movement is quite obvious. Taking this into consideration the material is normally concrete roads, or tar roads for the driveway.
Driveway Paverstone or Asphalt?
Through the use of concrete pavers, driveway design has taken on a life of its own. Where once the driveway was just an afterthought, now it is part of the landscape design. Asphalt driveways were once as common as asphalt roads but now they are almost never considered unless the distance is uneconomical for other products. Even in those unusual conditions, you will find the driveway closest to the house made of something more pleasing to the eye, such as concrete pavers or stamped concrete.
Asphalt Trying to Compete
The asphalt industry has attempted to create a more aesthetically pleasing product by offering designs imprinted in the asphalt. Heated cables, connected in several different designs, are pressed into the driveway asphalt. Once the cables are removed, leaving channels in the asphalt, colors are used to create the look of cobble or brick on the driveway.
Building a Driveway?
Your driveway, along with the front of your property, is a very prominent part of your landscape. It is very visual from the street. It is an entry to your home. In addition, it is the main thing people look for when coming to your home. There are a few important things to think about when undertaking a driveway design.
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