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Driveway Pavers

Unlike poured concrete or asphalt surfacing, driveway pavers are gaining in popularity as a way to enhance both the value and curb appeal of your home.

Beginning with brick and concrete pavers and going all the way to interlocking and stone pavers, there many materials to choose from for paving your driveway.

While it may seem that you are only limited by your budgetary considerations, there are a few factors to consider before choosing your driveway paver material, including maintenance, climate, size, drainage, aesthetics, and selection.

Driveway Maintenance

To avoid the effects of water damage, it’s important to seal a paver driveway with a protective coating every two years. This also makes cleaning the driveway easier and protect against staining.

Climate Concerns

Interlocking pavers expand and contract when the ground freezes and withstand heat and require little maintenance. Your installer will lay down the appropriate type of soil under the base for your driveway to deal with yours specific climatic concerns.

Size

Whether or not you have a garage, the number of vehicles that will be parked on the driveway will help to determine its optimum size. A double width driveway should be a minimum of 24 feet, allowing 12 feet per vehicle and the length should be 18 feet per vehicle.

Drainage

The drainage of your driveway will be determined by your installer when he grades, or slopes your driveway to direct water away from your house into a drainage pit.

Aesthetics

You can do many things to determine the aesthetics of your driveway project, from the type of paver you select, to its color, the pattern you select to have it laid down, and more.

Material Selection - Concrete or Brick

The material you select for your pavers should take a number of issues into consideration. For example, concrete pavers last about 20 years, while stone or brick pavers can last more than 25 years. Concrete is a lower cost than brick or stone pavers and is easy to install, won’t crack like a slab would because it allows some movement, and are three times stronger than poured concrete. Concrete pavers come in many colors, sizes, shapes, patterns and designs and withstand harsh weather conditions.

Brick pavers, on the other hand, can support heavy loads, don’t crack, can be repaired easily, are non-slip and low maintenance. They are easy to install and maintain their color longer. For installation questions, contact a paving stones contractor.



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