Options When Paving Your Driveway

There are a lot of choices when it comes to paving your driveway. You can choose to have concrete, asphalt, or gravel laid down for your driveway. There are many pro's and con's to each, but they all have a lot of benefits. While each type of driveway can add value to your home, each type of driveway is going to require special attention. Here are a few aspects of driveways that you should know about style of paving. 

Asphalt

This is a very popular type of paving because it is very forgiving. There is a lot of flex to the pavement, so it can actually expand and contract a little bit when it is poured. You will also be able to seal up any cracks that occur in the asphalt. If the asphalt starts to really deteriorate then you can get the asphalt resurfaced. Overall asphalt is so popular because it is very versatile and it is durable. The aggregate and the bitumen used to create gravel will give you a great driveway for years to come. 

Concrete

Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in any type of construction. Concrete is made from limestone aggregate and cement. The material is the most durable of materials and often lasts for up to 30 years. If you get cracks or if there is slumping you can use a concrete jack to pump up the sidewalk and fill it. There are a couple things to be aware of when it comes to cement and concrete. You are going to want to make sure that you do not use the wrong type of salts and cleaners as these can hurt the top layer of the concrete. You are also going to want to make sure that you do not spill any type of oil on the concrete.

Gravel

One of the most appealing thins about using gravel is that it is the cheapest option. Gravel is also one of bases that they put down before they will lay concrete or asphalt. So, by putting gravel down you are also prepping for the other two to be laid down. Gravel is going to cut down the amount of dust and debris get into your home and your garage. The problem with gravel is that it moves a great deal. When you drive over gravel is starts to move and therefore it is usually no viewed as a long term solution, but if you are willing to shovel the concrete back into position then it is perfectly fine. 

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Hanson Aggregates.


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