How does your driveway look like? Is it inviting or undermines the overall appearance of your home or office? Although it may look basic, the driveway plays a vital role in the functionality and appearance of your home. It is the region that first comes to view when entering your home. Now imagine what a poorly-maintained or rundown driveway portrays. It pays to have the driveway looking good and offering the best functionality. But before you invest in any type, you need to understand the different types and their suitability in different areas.
Concrete is among the oldest and common materials used in driveways. People choose this type because it’s easy to install, doesn’t require lots of tools, and takes a relatively short time with the right tools. When done correctly, preferably by professionals, the driveway can last for many decades. It also is easy to maintain and requires simple sweeping and cleaning. Some people, however, find it a bit plain and blunt.
2. Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Pattern imprinted concrete (PIC) driveways are also becoming quite popular. It is seen as an alternative to the traditional concrete. It uses the same materials like the convectional type but adds a bit of life by incorporating patterns and colors. Similar to the normal concrete, it is quite durable, strong and tolerates water and the elements. However, it can be a bit expensive when it comes to undertaking repairs.
3. Block Paving
This type is found in homes, offices, institutions and other places and is loved for its durability, aesthetic appeal, and range of colors. It comes in small blocks that allow you to repair a small section in case of damage without having to overhaul the entire pavement. For the best appearance, it’s recommended to let professionals undertake the installation. As the owner, you require to clean it regularly so as to maintain its good looks.
Also referred to as asphalt especially in America, tarmac is undoubtedly the most popular paving material on roads. It’s known for its sturdy nature and durability which makes it suitable for high traffic areas. Tarmac has good coverage and can be used on any surface. Its fairly smooth surface makes it suitable for wet zones although it requires filling after some time. It is however affected by oil, grease, petrol (gasoline) and diesel.
5. Gravel Driveway
You most-certainly have come across gravel drives. They are among the cheapest to install and maintain and still look good under good care. A unique thing about gravel is that they make some audible noise when stepped or driven on. This is seen as a security advantage since thou will be alerted of people or cars approaching your premise. Nonetheless, since it doesn’t form a continuous surface, grass and other plants may begin to grow in-between if not used in a long time. You therefore need to maintain it regularly.
6. Pervious Concrete
If you have issues with the runoff associated with concrete or tarmac drives, then pervious concrete would be a good alternative. Unlike the usual concrete, it contains lesser sand and this allows water to pass through its permeable surface. It’s also loved for its textured, warm and rustic appeal that makes it fit for both traditional as well as modern-looking homes. The driveway is among the eco-friendly types around.
Although not so common, brick driveways can be found in the region. It usually appeals to people looking for the vintage or classic look courtesy of the rich color and natural appeal. Compared to other types, brick drives are more costly but can last for a long time. Additionally, they greatly boost the value of a home.
Resin driveways come as bonded or bound. The first type involves placing the resin on the surface then sprinkling small pebbles or stones. The other first combines the resin and stones before placing it on the surface. The driveway is strong, offers a rough finish, water impermeable and requires minimal maintenance.
There you go – the common types of driveways you will find in homes and offices. As you see, each type comes with its unique features, advantages and disadvantages. Standard pavers and concrete are loved for their affordability and minimal maintenance whereas granite and block pavers, though slightly expensive, are very elegant. Maybe you a plan to repair or renovate your current driveway or you want to construct one. How about contacting Cornwall Builders? We boast of many years experience in providing different types of driveways for residential and commercial settings. Our skilled builders will help you select the best type that matches your needs and home. In addition to quality workmanship, timely service, professionalism, you also get to experience exceptional customer service and peace-of-mind. Why don’t you give us a call, today?