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Pavers for Driveways
Thinking about paving your driveway? The traditional materials, asphalt and concrete, have a long track record of being both strong and durable. However, these materials may come with few options (if any) for color, texture, or design. If you are looking for a driveway that has an attractive aesthetic to complement your home, pavers may be your best option. At The Paver Guys of Destin, we have a variety of pavers that could be used for driveways.
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Driveway Pavers – General Features
Pavers are categorized as formed paving material typically made of concrete, clay, or stone, that are usually used outside to make pavement. However, you might be surprised to know that they can be made in a large variety of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Thus, you can likely find a type to match your home’s style and color, or to match a previous outdoor construction, like a walkway or a patio. If you want to design an entirely new look, you can probably find the perfect option from our paver supply company.
Significant repairs for paver-constructed surfaces are often easier than for asphalt or concrete surfaces. Individual pavers that are defective can generally be removed and replaced easily, and you can do it yourself. The trick is to take the time to find a good match between the replacement pavers and the originals for texture, pattern, and color. One way to avoid this important step is to buy extra pavers for the initial job, so you have quick access to perfect replacements later.
Other advantages to using pavers include environmental benefits. You will not have so much runoff from a hard rain from pavers compared to concrete or asphalt, because the spaces between the pavers allow some of the water to drain into the sandy bed underneath. You also will not have toxic chemicals from the asphalt and sealers wash away from your driveway.
Driveway Pavers – Brick
Brick driveway pavers are very strong and durable. They have a longer lifespan than asphalt, though not as long as concrete. Like bricks used for building construction, brick pavers have the same limitations. Given time, these pavers will show weathering, but the average lifespan of good brick paver is about 25 years. Any good paving supply company will carry brick driveway pavers, so if that is your choice, you will not struggle to find them.
While brick driveway pavers are one of the stronger kinds of pavers available, they will crack under heavy vehicles. Furthermore, depending on the texture, they may retain moisture that freezes in cold weather, which can accelerate cracking. It is also worth noting that exposure to sunlight can fade the color of brick pavers, so spare pavers may not quite match the installed pavers after many years of storage. Still, this issue tends to be many years in the future and most brick pavers are either the natural color of the clay the brick is made from, or a dyed color. Designs are often plain brick, with some texture.
Driveway Pavers – Concrete
With driveway pavers, you can have your cake and eat it too. You can enjoy a concrete driveway or walkway, while not having it be a solid, poured construction. Like brick pavers, concrete pavers are molded into brick-like shapes. They are stronger than poured concrete, can hold more weight, and are more resistant to cracking.
You can certainly get your money’s worth with the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures for concrete driveway pavers too. They are usually dyed for color and can be treated to look like natural stone.
Will you have a long-lasting driveway made with concrete pavers? Yes, but typically it lasts two decades and change, compared to a high quality poured concrete drive that could last 40-50 years. Despite the difference in lifespans, the cost per square foot for concrete pavers can be double or more than for poured concrete. One good reason is paver installation is by hand, and labor-intensive.
Driveway Pavers – Stone
Driveway paving stones can last generations. The first versions of paving stones were cut by hand and known as cobblestones. As you might imagine, they are very strong and resistant to heavy loads.
In some ways, stone driveway pavers are prepared as they were centuries ago. After removing stone from the quarry, pavers are completed by hand. To give them a particular look, they may be placed in a tumbler, flamed, or polished. Because stone pavers demand some work by hand, their cost is higher than that of concrete pavers.
Stone driveway pavers are available in many sizes and shapes. With a good paver company, stone pavers can be made from stone that comes from other parts of the country or from overseas. Popular stones include granite, limestone, marble, and travertine. In addition to their natural beauty, their appearances can be enhanced through antiquing or chiseling, which can make the stone look like it was reclaimed from an old building or to give it a hand-cut appearance.
Any of the pavers described can give excellent results for driveway construction. If you wish to find a great paving company that can bring your vision to life, contact The Paver Guys of Destin. You will find that we are glad to help you with all your needs and concerns.