3 Tips on Choosing the Right Driveway

The driveway is one of the focal points of your home and often the first thing you see when entering your property, so it’s important that you choose the right driveway style which is both attractive and practical. Here are several tips to guide you in choosing the right driveway for your home.

Image Source: Flickr

Image Source: Flickr

Hire a Professional
Note that driveway material costs can fluctuate from year to year, due primarily to costs of materials and labor, the location and design of the driveway, the depth of material and preparation required.
If you plan to hire a contractor do handle the job, do some homework first. Take time to find a good contractor (see How To Hire a Good Home Improvement Contractor for some advice), and then collect a few estimates. Remember, however, that the lowest cost is not necessarily the best choice. In fact, if you get one estimate that is substantially lower than others, it should raise a red flag. Source: Garages.About

Consider Color
Color is an excellent guide for picking any material for your home and especially so when deciding on pavers. There are a couple ways to do this. Firstly you can match the color of your paver of choice to other permanent features of your home or landscape. Driveways, walkways and patios can normally be matched to the color of the roof. A slate roof, for example would go well with a driveway built from the dark smoothness of Unilock’s Courtstone’s Basalt variation. Unfortunately, colors are sometimes hard to match exactly and so tend to clash instead. In this case, rather than trying to match the colors, an intentional contrast can be created. Lights with darks, warm colors with cool colors etc. Another way of matching pavers according to color is to embed accents that are continued in the environment. E.g. repeating a hint of blue that is used in your flowerbeds. In this case, accents can be added in the borders or with the odd paver here and there, not necessarily the whole surface. Source: UniLock

Consider Texture
Smooth surfaces are best for areas with continual traffic like walkways but that doesn’t mean you can’t line them with textured pavers to create visual interest. Pavers with rough or jagged surfaces can be used wherever a little traction might be required, such as near a pool, or in areas where people aren’t often walking. Textured pavers have more color variation because the varying surface height, albeit small, can create tiny shadowing causing the pavers to perhaps appear darker or lighter in spots than under bright light in a retailer.
Tumbled pavers are the most commonly available these days. They go through an extra process of actually tumbling in a rotating drum that wears down sharp edges, creates color variation and gives them a more natural, rustic look. But, this means that joints in between the pavers are typically larger than those between untumbled pavers, subjecting them to more weeds, the need to fill the joints with more sand over time as well as a higher price tag because of the extra processing. Source: InstallitDirect

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