Choosing the Right Driveway Material

Having a new driveway installed is a major home improvement, without a doubt. So it only makes sense to take some time early on in the planning stages to make sure you select the best material for your new driveway. There are several to choose from, and each of them comes with advantages and disadvantages. We’ve collected the following information to help you decide which is best for you.

  • Concrete: One of the most popular driveway materials is concrete, and with good reason. This durable pavement can last for decades if it’s properly cared for. It creates a smooth surface that is a safe and stable base for vehicles and pedestrians alike. Concrete is made from a combination of stone aggregate and binder. Modern concrete surfaces come in a variety of colors and patterns, many of which can be made to look like other materials.
  • Gravel: One of the least expensive options for a driveway is gravel. While this surface is likely to last for many years and is often a great choice for very wet climates because of its ability to shed water, gravel does have some disadvantages. Depending on how heavily a gravel driveway is used, it will probably need to be regraded every one or two years, and it’s very difficult to clean debris off of a gravel surface. The small pieces of rock also have a tendency to get stuck in the tread of tires and can fly up when driven on.
  • Pavers: There’s no doubt about it – paving stones create an absolutely beautiful surface for a driveway. And pavers are quite durable as well. The one big drawback to this type of material is the cost. Not only is the material pricey, but the installation is expensive as well; so much so, in fact, that paving stones are simply too expensive for many homeowners.
  • Asphalt: It’s no wonder that this driveway material has become a popular choice for many homeowners. Asphalt is not only a relatively inexpensive choice, it’s also quite durable, attractive, and capable of lasting many years of it’s properly cared for. And because most asphalt is recycled, it’s a relatively eco-friendly choice as well.

Each of these paving materials has advantages and disadvantages. The best way to make the right choice for your new driveway is to discuss the options with a trusted paving contractor. They can help you select the best material based on your goals and your budget.