Paving Your Driveway: Consider Your Options

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When you decide that the time has come to pave your driveway or to re-pave your driveway, you may find yourself facing a big decision. You will need to decide what materials you want to use in your new driveway paving project. There are many different paving options for your driveway, each with their own unique benefits and drawbacks. Before you make your final decision and get started in the installation process, get to know more about some of these driveway paving options so that you can make the best possible decision for your home and landscaping design.

Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are an excellent driveway paving choice that can provide you with numerous color and style options for your driveway. If you are looking for something that is unique and different for your home, then pavers may be the perfect solution.

Unlike a solid sheet of concrete, pavers are smaller blocks (similar in appearance to tiles or bricks). These blocks can be pieced together in a standard geometric design in which all of the blocks are all the same shape and size. Alternatively you can mix and match placing large and small blocks together to create a unique and interesting pattern that is unlike anyone else's driveway.

Of course, concrete pavers do take more time and effort to install than some other driveway paving options. However, because the pavers are small enough to handle yourself and are already formed and hardened, you can install this type of driveway yourself with relative ease, which could save you money on installation.

Pervious Concrete

Another driveway paving option for your new driveway is known as pervious (or porous) concrete. This is an option that will require your driveway to be poured rather than placed pre-hardened like concrete pavers.

Pervious concrete is not like standard poured concrete, though. It is a less dense type of concrete which can have numerous environmental and drainage benefits to you and your home. Standard concrete does not have pores or gaps in the surface, meaning that water cannot seep through the material. Water instead runs down the surface of the concrete collecting debris, contaminants, and the like off of the surface of the concrete.

The pervious concrete option allows the water to soak through the pavement without collecting those contaminants. This water provides nutrients to the ground underneath your driveway which provides additional environmental benefits and can help to keep your overall landscaping design look and function better.

Now that you know a few of the driveway paving options available to you, you can make the right decision for your project and get started as soon as possible. To learn more, contact a company like Pavingstone Pathways by St Boniface Landscaping & Pavingstone

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