A driveway is an important feature of any property. Not only does it add to the beauty of the building’s exterior, but it also helps reduce outdoor safety risks. For those building a driveway from scratch, it is important to know that the return on investment is the higher the value of the property. With old and worn driveways, the aim is to improve the attractiveness of the curb. In general, a good driveway is about making sure it’s safe to park, drive, walk, and even play.
Types of driveways to consider
1. Brick driveway
Brick paved driveways are the least expensive, yet least durable, of the list of options available. Bricks are made and fired at high temperatures, which makes them strong and suitable for exterior surfaces. However, they don’t last long, especially in areas of heavy vehicle movement.
2. Resin-bound entrances
Resin-bonded paving consists of mixing aggregate stones and resin. It is flexible and very resistant to cracks.
3. Concrete driveway
Concrete driveways are made of cement and laid out as concrete slabs. To avoid the plain look, you can add some paint and stamp for an attractive and durable finish.
4. Gravel and stone driveways
This type of driveway is a mix of loose rock or stone that is larger than sand but smaller than cobblestone. It is easy to lie on the ground, but the surface needs to be rearranged from time to time when gravel and stones move due to the movement of vehicles and people.
5. Block the driveways
Blocked entrances are made from cuboid paving stones. These blocks are thicker and stronger than normal paving stones. They are low maintenance with remarkable durability.
6. Asphalt or asphalt driveway
Asphalt and asphalt are often used interchangeably and are misinterpreted to be the same. The difference, however, is that asphalt has a smoother surface and surface than asphalt. Asphalt also has larger aggregates than asphalt. When it comes to maintenance, you are better off with asphalt than with asphalt. Choosing the right driveway can be daunting if you don’t know what options are available.
How to find the right one:
One of the first considerations in this regard is the cost of the paving project. You need to carefully weigh the cost per square meter for products and materials. This must also include labor costs for the contractor in order for the project to be completed.
The durability must never be overlooked. This assumes that you know how long the paving will take before completely replacing or touching up the worn areas. In this way you save money and have to endure unnecessary stress within a short time.
Ideally, you should consider customizing your paving to match the features of your home. What color is the roof of your house? Creating a good color contrast between your roof and the landscape is never a bad idea.
4. Frequency of use
How often is the paved area used? Do you have regular pedestrian or vehicle traffic? How often the surface is traversed or stepped on gives you a good idea of what type of paving slabs to consider. There is no point in placing expensive marble paving stones in an area with constant vehicle traffic.
5. Surface shape
Not all paving stones are suitable for every room. Large format pavers, for example, make smaller rooms appear larger. Some rooms may also require cut paving stones to fit into tight spaces. You should therefore pay close attention to the shape of the area.
Color plays an important role in paving. However, choosing the right color must be based on the potential use of the area. Is it an entertainment area, a children’s play area, a courtyard or terrace, or a parking lot? All of these areas require different colors to give them a different feel and texture. For a parking lot, you are safer with darker colors. For a children’s playground, you can choose mentally stimulating colors. For a pool deck, light colors that are cooler on the feet are best.
The guidelines given above will help you implement an inexpensive and hassle free paving project if well followed.