The driveway is the first thing that people see when they visit your house. Since it serves as the entrance to the home, you should make sure that it offers a welcoming impression which can add to the aesthetic appeal of the property. If your driveway looks like an unappealing concrete at the front, it is time for a makeover.
You should not underestimate the importance of having a well-planned and attractive driveway. If done right, it will be wide enough so that you will have enough space out front and strong enough so that it can withstand the different elements. A good driveway should also complement the house.
How To Start With Your Driveway Makeover Project
If you are thinking of improving your driveway, you should first plan the route from the road to your garage. For instance, you can add curves to the route which may take more space but it adds grace and appeal. You should also take into account that driveways should be at least 10-12 feet wide if it runs straight and at least 14 feet wide if it curves. Here are a few tips:
- If you have a long driveway, you should provide a 12-by-18-foot space so that your car could easily turn around.
- It is recommended to create a scale model of the vehicle and driveway first. Use the scale model to slide it around on the drive to make sure that it has enough space to turn around.
Once the driveway has been installed, as a homeowner, you should know how to properly care for your existing driveway. According to the National Pavement Contractors Association (NPCA), after the driveway has been cured- between 90 to 120 days after it is installed, it should be sealcoated. Homeowners should also apply sealcoat again when the original application starts to wear away- which is every 3-6 years.
Driveway Surface Options
Concrete: This type of material is a good choice if the driveway needs to be flexible. This material is also low-maintenance and it is easy to plow. According to http://www.kloepfer.com/, a company that specializes in site and road construction, concrete can be moulded into different shapes without cracking. It also comes in a variety of finishes. The smoothness of the concrete driveway can complement a modernist home design.
The downside of this paving material is that it stains and gets damaged when it is exposed to road salt. It is also quite expensive which costs around $2.50 to $4.50 square feet. More importantly, the process involved in making the concrete is not good for the environment.
Pavers: This type of paving material comes in different sizes- from small brick-sized pavers to large squares. It is also available in a wide range of colors, and it has interlocking shapes which makes them easy to install. If a small piece of brick is broken or damaged, you can easily replace it without replacing the entire driveway surface. And since it is quite similar to concrete, it is a good alternative.
Unfortunately, the manpower it takes to lay a paver driveway can increase its installation price. However, the fact that you can easily replace a few pavers than a slab of concrete-if in case the bricks get damaged- is an advantage you need to take into account. To make this option more eco-friendly, you can consider using recycled pavers as it adds a rustic appeal to the house.
De-Co Granite: This is a cheaper option than concrete and pavers. It is made from different sizes of aggregates which are compacted with cement in order to form a solid base. It comes in different colors: brown, pink, and beige. It also has a rustic appeal. The downside of this paving material is that a few loose pebbles might float to the top which may result in problems. In addition, it is not as durable and long-lasting as concrete or pavers.
- Gregory Garnich.”concrete base for brick driveway “. July 3, 2010. Online Image. Flickr. Jan 05, 2014
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Kris Lim has been writing articles for online publishing for more than 2 years. She writes about lifestyle and home improvement tips and tricks.
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