A new driveway can be an incredible investment to transform the curb appeal of your home. Your driveway is often the first thing a passerby or visitor will see, so it is a highly visible upgrade that should last for decades. When it comes to choosing materials for your new driveway, you have three main options: Asphalt, concrete, and interlocking stone. Lets have a look at the pros and cons of each.
Asphalt is the least expensive option for resurfacing your driveway. It can be installed quickly and can be driven on after about a day.
However, asphalt will fade from black to grey within a few years, and can be prone to cracking as it ages. Asphalt is estimated to last about 20 years, which is significantly less than other surface options. In addition, it will require considerable maintenance with re-sealing recommended every few years. While you save some money up front, asphalt will visibly age fairly quickly.
Concrete is a durable option that, if poured properly, can last upwards of 30 years with minimal maintenance. In addition, there are a number of options today for stamping or colouring that will add some polish to the traditional concrete slab, although they are a bit more expensive.
The downside of concrete is that, if cracking or damage occurs over time, repairs can be difficult and expensive. You will also have to wait upwards of a week to park on newly poured concrete. Finally, if you ever wanted to change your driveway, large quantities of concrete are extremely difficult (and expensive) to dispose of. Overall, concrete is a moderately priced option that will be fairly durable and low maintenance for years to come.
Interlocking stone is a classic look that can be customized to match the aesthetic of your home. Interlock pavers offer the widest range of colours, materials, and patterns to give your driveway the look you have always dreamed of. Stone pavers are extremely durable, so your driveway should easily last upwards of 40 years. If any damage occurs and pavers become cracked, they are easy and fairly inexpensive to simply replace.
Interlocking stone costs a bit more than asphalt or concrete and can take a few days to install. That said, a stone driveway can be driven on as soon as it is installed. Overall, interlock is a durable, highly customizable, great looking option that will transform your home’s curb appeal for decades to come.
Investing in a new driveway is a big decision. To learn more about your options for driveway resurfacing, or to get a quote for your project, contact Toronto and the GTA’s landscape professionals at Inka Stoneworks.