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Pros and Cons of a Paver Driveway

High-end homes deserve an upscale driveway. Many older homes have concrete driveways, and even newer homes have asphalt driveways. If you’re building a new home, installing a paver driveway is a great way to enhance the look of your property.

If your driveway is starting to crack, crumble, or have unexpected changes in elevation, it may be time to replace it. More and more homeowners are opting for a paver driveway when it comes time to replace the old one.

But is a paver driveway right for your home? Maybe. Weigh some of the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

Paver Driveway Advantages

There’s a lot to like about a paver driveway. Here are some of the main advantages:

  1. Distinctive and Upscale Look. The first advantage of paver driveways is the immediate curb appeal. Driveway pavers come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, offering you the chance to have a one-of-a-kind driveway that highlights the entrance to your property. If you opt for a paver driveway, we would recommend checking out the offerings from Belgard.
  2. It Coordinates with Your Walkways and Patio. A paver driveway offers a seamless transition from one area to another, maintaining the high-end feel. Keep in mind that for the best results, it should be designed and installed by professionals. A thicker base will be needed to prevent the pavers from shifting.
  3. You Can Drive on It Right Away. There isn’t any curing time for a paver driveway like there is for a concrete driveway or asphalt driveway. As long as the edging strips, which are usually stabilized with concrete, have hardened, you’re good to go.
  4. It Is Easy to Repair. If a paver cracks or gets stained, it’s simple to replace it, and no one’s the wiser. Contrast that with repairing cracks in concrete or asphalt – the repairs never match the existing driveway and make the original crack more noticeable.
  5. Pavers Provide Traction. Concrete driveways and asphalt driveways can become quite slippery in the rain and when we’re hit with an occasional ice storm. Most pavers, however, are textured and provide better traction.

Related Reading: Putting in a New Patio, Walkways, or Driveway? Consider Permeable Pavers

Paver Driveway Disadvantages

There’s really one main disadvantage of a paver driveway vs. concrete or asphalt.

  1. A Paver Driveway Costs More. Because of the price of materials and increased labor needed to lay paver driveways, it will cost more than concrete or asphalt. Homeowners will need to weigh the additional cost against the aesthetics.

Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.

If you’re looking to upgrade your driveway, make sure you hire an outdoor design and build company skilled in this type of project. You deserve an exceptional experience from the first consultation to the building process all the way through to decades of lasting beauty.

We design and install custom outdoor living and masonry elements for homeowners throughout the Baltimore area, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County. Schedule a call today.

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