Driveway Before

Ah driveways! Often such an under-valued part of the home. The driveway over on my FOLLOW THE FLIP house on Charlotte street previously was a mix of gravel and dirt. Who am I kidding? It was mostly weeds and dirt. It was far from a selling feature of the house and was desperately in need of a change. So goodbye weeds! Sayonara dirt! Now there are smart-looking pavers lining the drive that leads to your new home.

 

Haven’t you swung by to take a look at the finished product yet? What are your waiting for?! Get on that! Call me and I will make sure you get a private viewing today!!

So what do you think?

 

Driveway After

While it might have been one of the last things to get done over at Charlotte, it certainly has its place on the list of home renovations. It might be the last thing on your mind over at your house, as far as home renovation projects go, but a fresh driveway adds curb appeal to any home. What does your driveway look like and say about your home? Is it neat and tidy, or heaved, cracked and full of weeds? If you are at a point where your driveway is more pothole than pavement or the cracks in the cement are leaving you crazy, perhaps it is time for you to resurface yours. So what exactly are the options for surfacing a driveway anyway? Let’s take a look at a few of the driveway surfacing options, along with their pros and cons.

 

DRIVEWAY SURFACE OPTIONS

 

Asphalt Paving

  • PRO:
    • Cheaper than concrete
    • Easy surface for snow removal
    • Can last up to 25-30 years, if maintained
  • CON:
    • Prone to cracks and heaving
    • Needs to be resealed every year or two
    • Cannot be driven on for 2-3 days after sealing

Cement Drive

  • PRO:
    • Can be stamped or stained to match your home’s brickwork
    • Easy surface for snow removal
    • Lasts a long time
  • CON:
    • Most expensive option
    • Prone to cracks and heaving
    • More difficult to repair when cracks do appear

Gravel Driveway

  • PRO:
    • Very cost effective
    • Less maintenance and repairs
    • Little, if any worry about frost heaves
  • CON:
    • Snow removal is more difficult (not snow blower friendly)
    • Ruts can appear
    • Can appear dirty

Interlocking Brick

  • PRO:
    • Will last a long time
    • If repairs are necessary, they are relatively cheap, as individual bricks/pavers can be replaced
    • Choice in colour and design
  • CON:
    • If not prepared properly, weeds can creep up between pavers
    • If the surface is not flat, snow removal can be hampered
    • Bricks can be shifted by tree roots, the elements and vehicle parking, causing an unsightly appearance

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While this list is certainly not exhaustive, it is a starting point to let you know what is out there for options. Unless you are re-surfacing your driveway yourself, make sure that you get a few estimates and weigh the options of what surface might work best for you.

 

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