Renovating Your Driveway? Add Value with Pavers!

 

Your driveway is like a private highway right to your front door. When you’re installing or renovating yours, don’t settle for lower quality options – choose pavers. It can be tempting to pour cement or lay asphalt for a slightly lower up-front cost, but this will simply look bland and end up costing you more in the long run.

Here’s why you should opt for pavers instead.

 

Pavers Really Do Look Better

Whether you use concrete pavers or natural stone pavers, you will have a multitude of options in terms of colours and designs. When paving a driveway you can choose one colour, alternating colours, interlocking pavers, and many more options. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to end up with something more appealing than the plain grey or black of poured concrete and asphalt.

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A Long Lasting Driveway

Assuming they are properly installed, you can expect your new concrete pavers to last for up to 50 years. A poured concrete driveway, on the other hand, will generally remain functional for around 30 years – and it will most likely start to crack and warp long before that.

Single slab driveways can crack due to heavy loads, extreme weather, shifting ground, and other factors. Stone or concrete pavers combine strength with flexibility, making them much better at withstanding these stressors.

 

Easy to Repair

Another benefit of pavers is how easy and low cost any repairs will be. By paving your driveway you limit the chances of the entire structure sustaining damage. Generally, if damage does occur, it will be to just one or two pavers at a time. These can simply be replaced or repaired individually and at minimal cost.

 

Pavers Are a DIY Addict's Dream

Because they are small and easy to handle, you can install concrete or stone pavers yourself with a little care and patience. It will take some time, but the savings are significant compared with paying someone else to install your driveway.

 

Drawbacks to Pavers

There aren’t too many drawbacks to paving your driveway, but there are a couple of things to bear in mind are:

 

Higher Up-Front Costs

Because more work goes into crafting and manufacturing paving stones, they tend to cost more than the equivalent amount of poured concrete or asphalt. However, when you consider their long life, cheap and easy repairs, and the fact that you may be able to install them yourself; pavers are actually a very cost-effective option.

 

Weeds and Grasses

The gaps between paving stones can become problematic if resourceful grasses or weeds manage to make their way through them. This shouldn’t be too big of a problem with a little vigilance and weeding, but you may also need to do some minor repairs if the growth has shifted or damaged any pavers.

 

For a driveway you can be proud of, build it with pavers. To learn more, contact the Atlas Paving team today.