The booming housing market has inspired many Hopewell Junction, NY, homeowners to invest in the best driveway materials for their front yard. To avoid the old, monotonous look of an asphalt driveway, many are choosing the beauty and versatility of concrete pavers instead. Here is why:
Pavers Offer Beauty and Unlimited Style Options
It may seem as though the main reason pavers are winning over asphalt is their beauty. And while this is true, in the long run, pavers outperform asphalt in many other ways as well, including strength, durability, flexibility, and versatility. Pavers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, suitable for crafting a unique project that will reflect your personal style and preferences.
Versatility of Pavers
When it comes to customizing a driveway, or any other hardscaping project, pavers can do magic. The finish of the paver is as important to the character of the driveway as the color. With paver finishes, you can choose the exact look and feel of your driveway, including textured (dimpled surface and rounded edges), traditional (flat surface, round edges), cobbled (mottled surface, worn edges) or antiqued finishes (flat surface, worn edges). These options allow you to recreate an old-world European look for your rustic landscape design, or add a strictly contemporary appearance.
Pavers can be laid in different patterns, including the popular herringbone, ashlar and running bond, which can also be used to create inlays and borders, and accent certain areas. Asphalt does have a signature deep color that provides a certain simplicity, but it certainly doesn’t offer as much versatility in design as pavers do. With asphalt, chances are you'll end up with a driveway that looks the same as everyone else’s. With pavers, a skilled craftsman can turn your driveway into an attractive centerpiece.
If properly installed, asphalt can last approximately 20 years. However, it needs to be regularly sealed - at least once a year - to prevent moisture penetrating the surface and causing cracks. Asphalt is very high maintenance, and regular exposure to UV rays will not only cause fading, but also damage to the point that it needs to be replaced. As one of the cheapest options available, asphalt is prone to cracking and general degradation. If the driveway starts showing cracks, you'll need to have them repaired immediately, regardless of how small they are. If the cracks expand, you may ultimately have to replace the entire driveway.
Concrete pavers are manufactured using advanced technologies and are up to 4 times stronger than poured concrete. One of the biggest benefits of concrete pavers is that they can last up to 30 years and more with minimum maintenance. Even if there is some part of the driveway that shows signs of damage, individual pavers can be replaced quickly and easily
Pavers are Eco-friendly
Another great perk of concrete pavers is their drainage capabilities. Permeable pavers, for example, improve the drainage of your entire property, and reduce the risk of flooding. Permeable pavers allow rainwater to penetrate into the soil below, keeping water off the driveway. This results in less water runoff and fewer pollutants being carried into streams, rivers, and lakes.