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What's the Best Driveway Material?



Think durability first, and affordability second. If you take care of the former, the latter takes care of itself with a long life and lower maintenance.

Gravel is the cheapest alternative, and it can be installed by the homeowner. Mid-priced options are asphalt and concrete. At the high end of the cost spectrum are pavers and cobblestones. Cobblestones last far longer than any other common driveway material, up to a century, and are the easiest to repair when pavers crack or split. There’s no sealing to worry about, the classy look helps resale value, and it grants your home outstanding curb appeal. Sure, you’ll pay more upfront, but with that staggering life span, it ends up being a lot more affordable in the long run.

The Good Life


A good recipe for the good life is doing it right the first time. Purchasing a driveway that requires too much maintenance, or that you just plain don’t like, is no path to happiness. So while there are less expensive options out there, go with the one that offers the best appearance with the least amount of maintenance and the longest lifespan. In this case, that would be pavers or cobblestones.

Legal Matters


Many home owner and condominium associations or subdivisions have strict rules regarding types of driveway materials. It’s important that you discover what your neighborhood allows before making any changes to your home.

Repair & Improvement


If you have an existing driveway, you can have it patched or repaired and save on the cost of replacement. Asphalt can be top coated, concrete can be patched, and gravel can be replenished to replace what has been lost to compaction.

Hire a contractor to perform a simple inspection to get a professional appraisal of the condition of your driveway before taking the more expensive step of tearing it up and laying down new.

Be aware that the most common problem with residential driveways is improper or inadequate base preparation. Make sure the contractor you choose is very experienced and comes highly recommended.