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Gravel Or Asphalt? 3 Tips To Help Choose A Driveway

When you look outside the home, the first thing that you usually see is the driveway. As people pass by the home, this is also the first thing that they will see, even if they don’t stop at the house. You want the driveway to blend well with the exterior of the home and made with a material that is easy for you to maintain. There are two basic types of driveways that you can choose from, one being gravel and the other being asphalt. There are benefits to both as well as a few negative aspects to consider.

 

Price

The first thing that you want to consider is the price. An asphalt driveway will be more expensive because of the material that is used. Gravel is pretty much a load of rocks that are delivered and spread over the space for the drive. If you want to do the driveway in the proper way with gravel, then you might want to spend a little more money getting the base in place before the gravel is delivered. Asphalt doesn’t take that long to put down, which might save a bit of money when it comes to labor.

 

Maintenance

Another aspect that you want to look at is the maintenance of the driveway. How much time will you have to devote to keeping the grass out of the gravel drive or keeping asphalt clean of stains from cars or black marks from bikes and outdoor toys? A gravel driveway is sometimes more difficult to maintain as you need to keep filling in various spots that sink into the ground when it rains, and there are also weeds, flowers and grass that will poke through that need to be pulled. However, you don’t have to wash the gravel. With asphalt, you have to keep it clean if you want it to last and be presentable. There aren’t as many cracks that are seen with the driveway, which means that you won’t have to pull grass or weeds as much.

 

Curb Appeal

Both driveways are satisfactory when it comes to the curb appeal. If you live in a city or a neighborhood with several other houses, you might want to find out if a gravel drive is allowed. An asphalt driveway will look a bit more modern over a gravel driveway. However, if you use pavers beside the drive, then it can give a beautiful look to the home. A professional company, such as Lakeridge Paving Company, can come to the home to give you an idea as to what you can put beside the driveway to give it the best appeal.

 

When it comes to the driveway, you want something that reflect your personality to a point as well as the atmosphere of the home. Install something that is easy to maintain for the time that you have. You also need to look at the design of the driveway as some materials are better than others for shapes that you might want to make.

Emma Sturgis

Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer living in Boston. She writes most often on marketing and finance. When not writing, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.