You may not think about your driveway much, especially if you’ve had it for a long time. If it’s plain concrete that’s been there since you moved in, it might be cracked, broken, or just plain looking. If you look at it and think, “one of these days, I need to fix that,” now is a good time. Look at revamping your driveway with some new paving, stone work or other decorative renovations.
What Do You Want Your Driveway To Look Like?
If your driveway is the same concrete one that came with your house, new concrete can be styled, stenciled and even colored. If you already have hardscaping, consider a new, updated driveway that blends into the rest of the exterior. It can add to your home’s aesthetic and value, as well as increase its curb appeal.
If you’re someone who likes things simple, replacing the concrete and/or replacing it with asphalt or gravel may be enough. But your driveway can also have a more cohesive look, and blend in with the rest of your hardscaping.
There are a number of different materials and choices you can make to update your home’s driveway area. The most commonly materials used are:
- Stone/concrete pavers
Each material has its own benefits (and liabilities.) Since our Maine winters include snow, sleet, ice and regular freeze/thaw cycles that can crack hardscapes, materials that can survive these elements are your best bet. You should also consider how each material will react with snow and ice in the winter, and how safe—or slippery—it will be to walk on.
Humble concrete can be colored, graded, and designed with stencil-like accuracy using molds and stamps. Pebbles and aggregates can be mixed in for a unique look. In our area, asphalt can take the freeze-thaw cycle better than concrete can, but requires sealing every three to five years.
Bricks are classic and elegant, and when installed correctly, will last a lifetime. They offer a classic American look to your driveway and home with minimal maintenance. Installation can be expensive, but repairs are usually simpler. Although red bricks are popular, they are also available in many colors. They offer a non-slip surface for both cars and pedestrians.
Pavers are manufactured with edges that go together (similar to a jigsaw puzzle.) They’re made to support weight and are easy to install. The variety of shapes and colors offers a multitude of designs, from simple to elaborate. Once installed in bedding sand, they’re sturdy, stable and offer excellent drainage for rainwater and melting snow.
Stone driveways are also simple and elegant. Find your favorite at a local quarry and pick from a variety of colors; angular stones are best for staying in place, while round stones tend to roll from higher spots. This kind of driveway also offers excellent drainage and has a sophisticated look. You’ll need to do some restoning yearly to replace the lost ones. But if you’re considering a white gravel drive, reconsider—cleaning stone driveways is difficult, if not impossible.
Can’t decide on one? Combine two or three elements for a unique look to enhance your exterior and upgrade curb appeal.
Your New Driveway Is Waiting For You
It’s one of the first things you see when you get home, and one of the spots your guests see when they visit. Do you have a design in mind, or need some help from start to finish? If you’re ready to improve the look and durability of your driveway, give us a call us at Precision Landscape & Maintenance, (207) 939-8757. We’ll work with you to design, create and/or update a driveway that not only looks welcoming, but will last for many years to come.