Different Types of Driveway Surfaces Explained

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Along with a few other home renovations, driveway surfaces can certainly add an interesting touch of aesthetic enhancement to a property and improve the overall look of the surroundings to the eye. More and more people are deciding to go with their instincts and upgrade their home, as not only does it give people a nicer looking home to live in, but it also ups the selling price should they think of moving sometime in the future.

Popular types of driveway surfaces include concrete, paving, solid surface, gravel, and crushed stone. Let’s take a look at them:

Concrete

Concrete driveway surfaces used to be the most popular and are made by it being poured into the driveway area and then being allowed to set. This cheaper option is commonly traditional grey, which does not have any tint added. To produce a more decorative concrete, colours can be combined with the mix before the slab is poured, or decorative patterns can be stamped onto the concrete once it has been poured and while it is still wet. For exposed aggregate surface concrete, gravel or stones can be added to the surface before the concrete has set to create a textured look.

Paving

Paving has become a popular choice again lately and can be made of concrete, brick, or natural stone. Concrete paving is often the least expensive paving option and comes available in many sizes, shapes, and colours. Classy natural stone is naturally slightly higher priced and can be either cobblestone or slate paving. In the past, due to the expense, this option was often used only for front walkways or patios instead of entire driveway surfaces, but not anymore. Paving in Newcastle has never looked more beautiful and eye catching.

Asphalt

Driveway surfaces, such as asphalt, are also one of the more common driveway options. Asphalt has to be sealed and If a sealant is not used, water can easily seep into the asphalt during the winter months and then freeze. This expansion caused by the frozen water will cause the asphalt to crack and break.

Gravel

Gravel also works out as an inexpensive option for the creation of driveway surfaces. This is often used for those long driveways or for large parking areas and is made up of a surface of loose stones over a solid base. Gravel can come in a range of colours and sizes and allows water to run off into the ground instead of creating puddles on the driveway surface.

Crushed Stone

Crushed stone is akin to gravel as it is also made up of loose stones over a solid base. The difference is that a gravel driveway is made up of larger stones that form an uneven surface. Crushed stone surfaces are created from much smaller stones that cast a more solid surface than gravel. Crushed stones also come in a various mix of colours that can be either moderately or finely crushed.

No shortage of choices there! Make sure that your home certainly will look the part!

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