Are you buying a new home but not crazy about the driveway? Or maybe you already own a home and you want to increase the curb appeal. Whatever the case may be, driveway paving can help you up your house’s appearance quickly. You can say goodbye to the dry, cracked concrete that seems to constantly need maintenance. There are many different ways of driveway paving out there that will help you take your home from dreary to fab in a jiffy.
What Are Your Options?
Depending on your home’s style, there’s a driveway paver that can suit you. In general, all different types of paving will have the same foundation that is made from gravel and compacted sand. Then the top layer is where you can play around. You can pick from concrete, cobblestone, filetti, brick or split stone styles.
Finding Your Perfect Style
Cobblestone will look especially nice with a colonial or Spanish-style home. The cobblestone evokes an old-world feeling and makes your home look like it comes off a postcard.
Concrete paving will give you all of the durability of a concrete slab, but without any of the plain look. They look great when they are styled with grass, and make your home give feelings of the English countryside.
Filetti paving are very good looking when they are laid down thoughtfully. You are able to create a sense of movement in your driveway by laying them in a vertical fashion, which point toward your front door. Although this style is attached to strong historical roots, it will work seamlessly with both traditional and modern homes. To achieve the epitome of contemporary looks and modern landscape design, you should go with filetti paving.
And there are many more options on top of this for your consideration.
While the style of your driveway is important, it is also important to consider the maintenance and wear and tear that come along with the type of paving that you get. In your home, you will only need to think about the damage a person can make. But outside on your driveway it will be exposed to the elements and vehicles.
If you opt for a darker coloured paver, it is a good solution as it will help to hide unsightly stains, which are bound to happen during your driveways lifetime. Gray paving is also a good option as they darken beautifully when they are wet.
You should also take time to think about how your landscaping will pair with your driveway paving. You should hire a professional during the planning process to make sure that there are no roots that can get in the way of your new driveway.
You will also need to think about the inevitability of weeds growing up in between your paving. Will you have a plan in place to get rid of them or will you like a more overgrown look?