Is A Paver Driveway The Right Choice For Your Home?
Looking for driveway ideas or considering a new interlocking paver driveway?
- Which driveway surface is best when choosing between pavers, asphalt, concrete and gravel?
- What are the benefits of a paver driveway vs asphalt driveways or concrete driveways?
- What type of ongoing maintenance do paver driveways require?
These are all very important things to consider when it comes to a choosing a new driveway.
Interlocking Paver Driveways
Whether you call them interlocking pavers, concrete pavers, brick pavers or simply just pavers… they’re all basically the same when it comes to the the looks and installation process. But not all pavers are manufactured the same!
Brick pavers are baked at extremely high temperatures and concrete or interlocking pavers are formed and dried in a controlled climate settings.
However, while brick pavers, interlocking pavers and concrete pavers provide a solid driveway surface that mainly shed water off of the parking lot, permeable pavers allow water to penetrate into the soil or sub-grade beneath the pavers allowing much less water runoff. Permable paver driveways are much more environmentally friendly allowing less pollutants winding up into our rivers, creeks, streams and lakes.
How common are paver driveways?
The further South we travel in the United States, the more likely we see concrete driveways and paver driveways. The further North we travel in the United States, the more likely we see asphalt driveways. This is due to the amount of freeze and thaw cycles that occur in the colder regions and the minimal freeze and thaw cycles we see in the warmer regions.
Paver driveways can be somewhat pliable since there are so many edges to allow for movement from freeze and thaw cycles, therefore cracking rarely happens. But minor heaving can become an issue since it’s much easier for water to reach the sub-grade and freeze and thaw. Keep in mind also, that if you live in a snowy region, shoveling paver driveways can be a chore as there are many edges to catch a shovel on! However, paver driveways are extremely durable and can withstand de-icing products like salt, magnesium chloride and other de-icing chemicals.
Depending on the size and scope of work involved, the construction of a new paver driveway can be installed by an experienced paver installation contractor generally over a 5 to 7 day period, depending on the size. Paver driveway installation is very labor intensive. Most of the work is done manually so you can expect the average paver driveway to take as much as 5 to 7 days before being able to drive on it and use it.
If you already own a paver driveway and it’s beginning to show the signs of aging and deterioration, has a tremendous amount of weeds, heaving issues, removing and replacing the paver driveway and starting from scratch may be in order! This absolutely should be performed by a reputable paver company that will do it right the first time. If the existing paver driveway shows signs of unstable sub-grade, the soil should be excavated and new base or structural material installed and then the new paver driveway installed for a solid, long lasting paver driveway.
Of the four types of driveways, a paver driveway is #1 when comparing
cost and a #4 when comparing ongoing maintenance.
- Paver Driveway – #1 – Most Expensive
- Concrete Driveway – #2
- Asphalt Driveway – #3
- Gravel Driveway – #4 – Least Expensive
A paver driveway is the most expensive driveway when comparing it to the other hard surfaces.
Ongoing Maintenance Chart:
- Gravel Driveway – #1 – Most Ongoing Maintenance
- Asphalt Driveway – #2
- Concrete Driveway – #3
- Paver Driveway – #4 – Least Ongoing Maintenance
A paver driveway requires the least amount of ongoing maintenance, compared to the other hard surface driveways.
Life Expectancy Of A Paver Driveway
A properly installed paver driveway with regularly scheduled maintenance can last up to 30 or even 40 years! That variation in age can be determined by the stability of the sub-grade, the quality of the installation, the type and frequency of maintenance, and the climate you live in.
Types of ongoing maintenance you can expect to perform on a paver driveway?
Cleaning oil spots, minor weed control, edging, and sealing
Paver driveways require such little ongoing maintenance, that when comparing the up front costs to an asphalt or concrete driveway, essentially what you’re doing is trading the long term ongoing maintenance costs over the lifetime of an asphalt, concrete or even gravel driveways for the up front cost of the installation of a paver driveway. Some paver installation contractors even offer a lifetime warranty! But keep in mind that a company’s warranty is only as good as the contractor that’s installing it. What good is a lifetime warranty if the contractor who installed it isn’t around to make good on it?
Choosing The Right Driveway For Your Home
When choosing between a paver driveway and the other three types of driveways, take into the consideration these things:
Budget – Curb Appeal – Climate – Little or No Ongoing Maintenance – Durability
If the short term, up front cost is a deciding factor, Gravel Driveways or Asphalt Driveways are excellent, low cost options, depending on the size of your driveway. The long term trade off however, is more ongoing maintenance costs. If up front costs are not as much of an important factor and aesthetics are, then Concrete Driveways or paver driveways are the alternative for a hard surface driveway. While initially the up front costs are much higher, long term they require less maintenance costs especially you live in a snowy region.
Also take into consideration the effects of a paver driveway if it’s not maintained properly or how it can look as it ages.
Summary Of Paver Driveways
Paver driveways can be a beautiful addition to your home. The wide variety of different colors and patterns to choose from can give your driveway a unique, one of a kind look. See some different Colorful Design Ideas For Interlocking Paver Driveways. If you’re considering having a new interlocking paver driveway installed, see our Interlocking Paver Driveway Installation FAQ’s section for more information.
You can also learn more about the ongoing maintenance of interlocking paver driveways by visiting our Interlocking Paver Driveway Maintenance FAQ’s section for more information.
Before you hire a contractor to install or perform maintenance on your paver driveway, be sure and review our video and eBook series, “The Most Common Ways Paver Driveway Contractors Rip Us Off And How To Avoid Them”™ You’ll learn everything you need to know to hire a reputable interlocking paver driveway contractor and get the job done right.
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