Five Types of Driveway Surfaces
When landscaping your new home or renovating form an older plan, one of the main considerations is the paths and the driveway. Driveways do not have to be boring, especially if you have some room to be creative, you don’t have to make it a square concrete box. There are several surfaces that you can choose from to match your landscaping ideas and your sense of style. Of the different materials there are benefits and disadvantages of each. Here is a look at five common driveway surfaces.
- Asphalt: Asphalt is a petroleum product mixed with a crushed gravel aggregate. It is applied by special machines. It is possible to purchase cold mix asphalt, which you can apply yourself, but it is not recommended for driving surfaces. Asphalt driveway construction in Brisbane is available and asphalt is an excellent choice for hilly surfaces and for narrow curved pathways.
- Concrete: Concrete is an incredible material, very accommodating, it can be poured into moulds and patterns can be applied. You can change the colour, and it can be made to withstand incredible pressure. It is also very long lasting if applied correctly.
- Brick Pavers: Brick pavers are fun to install and they come in a variety of shapes and clever patterns can be made. The trick to brick pavers is having an excellent subsurface that is well compacted and the use of the right type of sand. Brick pavers are a semi-permanent solution, if you don’t like them, you can dig them up and make a new arrangement.
- Gravel: Gravel is a simple solution, but it too should have a good subsurface. The benefit of gravel is the low cost, but if you want to get fancy, there are higher grades of gravel that can look quite attractive. Gravel does tend to disappear over time. And it might get into your lawn and out onto your street.
- Pebblecrete: Pebblecrete is essentially a topping for concrete. It is exposed gravel on the top of the pad that is chosen for its beauty. Pebblecrete can use a variety of different rock types, and even glass beads. It needs to be applied by professionals and is a little less durable than concrete alone.
All five of these materials have their advantages, each application will need to be considered individually. But every one of these materials can provide an excellent surface for a driveway, it is up to you to choose what you like.