If you’re like many New York and Connecticut homeowners, when it came to your driveway, you went with one of the old faithful options, asphalt or poured concrete.
But there are more exciting driveway options than asphalt and poured concrete. Most driveways can be seen from the road, so having something a bit more special than just asphalt can really improve your property’s curb appeal.
If you want to give your driveway some real pizzazz, consider pavers. The materials will dazzle you! Textures, vibrant colors, assorted shapes — all without sacrificing strength or durability.
And unlike asphalt, pavers won’t crack. They’re also resistant to de-icing salt, and many come with a lifetime warranty.
Driveway pavers can make your New York or Connecticut approach so pretty, you’ll hate to cover it up with your car. Here’s a bit more insight into these pretty paving options.
Pay More, But Get More
Pavers cost about twice as much as a poured concrete driveway and up to four times the cost of simple asphalt.
But keep in mind, driveway pavers typically last longer than solid driveway options, with hardly any maintenance. (And no stinky black asphalt sealer!)
While you may have heard about clay brick pavers, they won’t stand up to the freezing temperatures and frequent snow plowing of New York and Connecticut winters. They’re used only in warmer climates.
Here’s a quick look at concrete and cobblestone driveway pavers:
Concrete pavers are a popular choice for driveways, sidewalks, patios and pool surrounds. They’re actually stronger than poured concrete, often carrying a lifetime warranty for integrity.
Concrete pavers are available in a variety of shapes, styles, patterns and colors, so you have plenty of choices to create a unique driveway that complements your house and landscape.
Unlike poured concrete and asphalt driveways, concrete paver driveways don’t require a curing period. Once installed, they’re ready to use. They also offer more traction when wet than poured concrete.
Maintenance? Hardly any. An occasional sweeping or hose rinsing will keep them clean. If tree roots or frost heave damage a section, it’s easy to remove the affected pavers, fix the problem, and put the driveway back together.
A properly installed and maintained concrete paver driveway can last 25 to 50 years.
The Lowdown on Cobblestone
Cobblestone pavers are the most durable, and should last for up to a century. They offer a unique “old world” look for your driveway, which can really add charm and value to the right style home.
Cobblestone pavers are usually made of pieces of super-hard granite, although basalt and other rocks are sometimes referred to as cobblestones when installed. Tough and attractive, granite is stain resistant, unaffected by weather and it doesn’t crack or split.
If you like the look of cobblestone pavers but can’t afford a driveway full of them, consider installing a cobblestone border, or a decorative cobblestone inlay.
There are even concrete pavers whose look mimics cobblestone. Choices, choices.
If you’re worried about maintenance, all these pavers need is a good washing once or twice a year and a sharp tug on any weeds that grow through.
Ready for a Driveway Re-Do?
Neave Masonry can help you design your dream driveway. Our design team can work with you to select the right materials, as well as landscaping options and lighting to complement your new driveway. You’ll be even happier than usual to arrive home.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Don’t be surprised if your guests don’t come to the door right away. They’ll be admiring your driveway.