The homeowner who is just starting his or her research on home improvement for landscapes is probably overwhelmed – which choice is the best when it comes to driveway paving? Obviously, one of the big factors here is price, and it’s often the deciding factor. In a perfect world, we’d all love to have natural stone installations, but in the real world this is not economically feasible for most people. However, this doesn’t mean we have to settle for bottom of the barrel materials and workmanship. Thus, we’ll need to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing our material for driveway paving. This article will give you a comparison between the many kinds of materials you can use for your next project, including paving stones, concrete, and asphalt.
The pavers cost you’ll pay will depend on the material you choose, whether it be concrete, brick, or natural stone – but in general it will be the highest priced out of all the options. This is due both to the quality of the material and to the complexity and expense incurred when installing this material, as each block must be laid by hand, one by one.
Concrete is a very popular option, and rightly so – it’s very strong and cheap. Though concrete pavers are made from concrete, they are more expensive than the slab variety due to the ease of installation of concrete compared to installing pavers. Plus, concrete isn’t dyed or shaped in any special way. Thus, concrete is indeed cheaper than pavers.
Cheaper still is asphalt. Next to loose stone, it is the cheapest option available for your driveway paving project. However, it is also the least flexible when it comes to design – asphalt is frankly boring to look at, and it doesn’t go well in backyard applications like patios. It’s best for front yard driveways.