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8 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Driveway

 


Your driveway is one of the most predominant features of your home. It’s your calling card to the world. If your driveway looks great so does your house, if it’s old and beaten up your house will look old too. Curb appeal is the key to selling your home, a new driveway will greatly add to your homes appearance and valve.

 

Let’s take a look at your options for a new driveway:

 

1. Gravel

 

 

Gravel driveways are quite popular, especially in rural areas where a long driveway of stone or concrete would be too expensive. However gravel driveways require regular maintenance and snow removal can be a problem, as snow blowers often carry away some of the stone with the snow. Gravel driveways are easy to configure and install. They also will make a good base for other materials you may want to add later.

 

2. Concrete

 

 

Concrete driveways are the most popular due to their durability and low maintenance. They can be constructed in numerous colors and styles. Molds or stamping tools can create the appearance of stone or brick and the driveway can be colored to create a custom look. Concrete driveway installation is usually best left to a professional contractor with the proper expertise and equipment.

 

3. Pavers

 

 

Concrete or stone pavers are very popular, they are available in numerous colors and styles to create almost any custom look from modern to rustic. While the installation is best left to a professional contractor, pavers can be installed by the homeowner with good DIY skills and the time to complete the job.

 

4. Asphalt

 

 

Asphalt driveways are popular in areas with harsh winters and where the ground freezes. Asphalt is a more flexible material and will not heave and crack like concrete. The black color retains the heat from the sun and promotes faster melting of snow and ice. Asphalt is not as durable as concrete but costs less to install. Asphalt driveways are not a DIY project as special equipment and expertise is required for a proper installation.

 

5. Brick

 

 

Brick driveways can be very elegant using many different patterns and styles to create an old world look or a modern colorful design. Brick driveways will add a touch of class to your home and are usually low maintenance. When properly installed a brick driveway will last indefinitely. The brick can be new or used and the pattern and color choices are almost unlimited.

 

6. Recycled Materials

 

 

Recycled materials can be used to create our own design whether cool or wild using any type brick, stone, gravel or pavers. You can give your home a one of a kind look; the design is only limited by your imagination.  You can also purchase recycled gravel made from crushed concrete, brick and stone for a unique look driveway or as a base for other materials.

 

7. Pavers and Grass

 

 

Pavers can be placed in a geometric pattern with grass planted in the voids for a truly unique look. This gives your home a greener cooler less commercial look.

 

8. Paver Lights

 

 

Paver Lights, these outdoor lights can be placed along the edge of the driveway for a unique built-in look.

 

Whatever type or style driveway you choose the end result will be a beautiful new addition to your home, that will increase that all important curb appeal.

 

Mike

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Posted 2014-12-22T23:19:18+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC
 
Great summary, thank you Mike!
Posted 2015-01-27T04:31:44+0000  by spinach
 
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