How to Choose the Right Paving for your Driveway

Choosing the right paving material for a new driveway is probably the most important decision you can make. Different paving has different looks, demands different maintenance, and can differ greatly in price. It can be difficult to make the right choice of materials. In this article, we’re going to give you some pointers on how to choose the best paving material for your project.

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Paving Types

No matter what type of pavers you choose, they’re usually laid in the same way. All pavers are usually laid on a base made up of gravel and sand. Once the base is laid out, the paving can be installed using either cobblestone pavers, brick pavers, or concrete pavers. Out of all these choice, cobblestone is the sturdiest, but it’s also the most expensive.

Cobblestone pavers are more durable than the other two options, followed by concrete, then brick. Cobblestone paving can last up to a century, while concrete paving will have to be replaced in roughly half the time. And while brick paving is usually less durable than the other two, it can still survive a few decades if properly installed and maintained.

Another factor to consider when choosing pavers is thickness. Most cheap pavers tend to be on the thinner side. While a 20mm stone might be able to withstand foot traffic, it won’t be strong enough for vehicles. You’ll have to atleast go for 40mm stones for a driveway.

Paver Driveway Costs

Now, as far as paving vs concrete or asphalt goes, pavers will usually cost more to be installed. As a rough estimate, you should be prepared to pay about two-times the price you would pay for concrete and four-times of what you would pay for asphalt. However, you can do part of the paving work yourself when using paving and paving can last as much, if not longer than these two options.

If you have a limited budget, you can always go for alternative materials. Companies like Pacific Pavingstone offer tons of different paving options for all budgets.

Working with Contractors

Whatever material you decide to work with, pricing is not always set in stone, no pun intended. Prices can vary depending on various factors and prices often fluctuate from year to year due to changing material prices and labor costs. The shape and size of the driveway will also have an influence on the final price, so the only way to really know how much a project will cost is to ask for estimates. Don’t rely on hearsay. Every driveway is different and prices can differ greatly, even with the same type of material and comparable driveway dimensions.

Conclusion

Finding the right paving material for your driveway doesn’t have to be complicated. All you have to do is do your homework, look at a few samples, and understand the fundamental differences between different paving options. You also have to have a clear budget and expectations in mind before you start looking for a contractor.