Driveway Paving Options

Driveway paving materials include asphalt and concrete.  The main disadvantage of asphalt is that it attracts and holds heat.  The appearance may be neat, but it is also boring.  You can do a lot more with concrete.

Plain poured cement is an inexpensive option.  But you might want something more attractive.  

Cement can be colored or stained.  The colors will not fade, because the pigments are blended with the cement.  This is an advantage over colored stones. After the cement is poured, it can be stenciled, stamped or engraved.  The designs that can be created in this way are practically unlimited.  

Your walkways can match your driveway perfectly if you choose concrete.  This creates a complete look.  The driveway becomes a part of your home, rather than an extension of the roadway.

Poured concrete is very durable, but it can crack due to temperature extremes.  Water can get under the surface if precautions are not taken.  When the water freezes during the winter, it can push up on the concrete and cause it to crack.

Interlocking concrete pavers take care of that driveway paving problem.  Pavers are something like tiles.  The borders are solid to ensure that no shifting occurs.  Between the borders, the pavers are flexible enough to give slightly when water freezes beneath them.  

Brick is a traditional option, as is natural stone.  Inexpensive clay bricks may not be durable enough.  They can crack or chip.  Replacing or patching your drive on a regular basis is probably not what you had in mind.

Higher quality brick can be very durable, although the bricks are more expensive.  Stamped concrete can give you the look of brick for a lower price.

A thick cut of natural stone can be more durable that brick or concrete.  A wide variety of stones are used in driveway paving including limestone and granite.  Different textures can be created by the quarry.  You might choose chiseled, sandblasted, tumbled or antique.

Once you decide on a material, you will need to choose a color and texture that suits your home.  The architectural design of your home is a consideration.   

Individual opinions and tastes vary of course.  But there are some general rules of thumb for choosing a driveway design.  For example, the look of terra cotta tile or mission colored brick works nicely with Spanish architecture.

The architect who designed your home chose elements that provided durability, usability and beauty.  Those three elements should be considered when it comes to driveway paving as well.  Consult a company such as Paving Designs UK to determine the best possible design for your home.