Your driveway is one of the first things that people see when passing by your house or visiting your home. It is also among the most used areas on your property, which is why quality, durability, and curb appeal are critical considerations when selecting a good material for your driveway. If you want to know how expert pavers choose the best material for these kinds of installations, here are most important factors to consider on their checklist:
- The type of driveway. Driveway type is essentially determined by the general material used for paving. The four most common materials used by contractors include gravel, asphalt, concrete, and pavers, each of which have their own pros and cons, although major differences lie in their cost, visual appeal, ease of installation, and overall maintenance requirements.
- The cost of the project. Pavers are always considerate of your budget, but will never compromise quality for cheap cost. While paver stones are usually the most expensive option because of material and installation costs, they are highly recommended not only because they offer the best look, but because they provide a steady foundation for your driveway.
- Maintenance considerations. Day to day upkeep is also a major factor to consider. However, you should also note the projected lifespan of the material you choose. While some may require the least amount of maintenance, they may need to be replaced much sooner. Pavers may be expensive to install, but they don't require too much maintenance and can last a really long time (decades) if they are professionally installed and receive good care.
- Visual appeal. When it comes to visual appeal, nothing beats natural stone pavers as the choice of many homeowners and designers. They are considered the best-looking option because they can be installed in many ways, using a great variety of techniques and interesting patterns and styles. Pavers also come in different shapes and sizes, making room for even more attractive design configurations.