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Remodeling Your Driveway - Options To Consider

Aug 17, 2007
Today there are many options when it comes to remodeling or making improvements to your driveway. Do you know which material option you have to work with?

Options:
1. Asphalt
2. Concrete
3. Paving Stones

Asphalt is the cheaper of the three. Asphalt needs to lay over from 1 to 2 days before driving on it. The life expectancy of asphalt is 15 to 20 years. The paved driveway needs sealed after one year. The only disadvantage is that asphalt does change colors.

Concrete will cost you around $10 per square foot. There are some disadvantages to having a concrete driveway. Extreme heat can cause the concrete to crack. The heat causes concrete to cure to fast. When it cracks ,grass starts to grow in the cracks. This can be very discouraging to the home owners. If the home owners use substances or chemicals to melt ice on the driveway , they may find the surface deteriorated. The life span for concrete is 25 to 30 years.

Paving stones will cost the home owner $20 per square foot. There are options to choose from when using paving stones. Brick or stone may be used. Flagstone is more expensive. Your flagstone driveway will improve the look of your home . Your neighbors will want to have their driveway done after seeing the beautiful effect it made on your home. The life expectancy is 20 to 100 years. It is important to have a base for reinforcement when using the flagstone or brick. If no base is installed your driveway will suffer susceptible damage.

Before a driveway bed can be prepared , the old driveway has to be completely removed and hauled away. Then you have to dig up the underneath foundation of the old driveway to prepare for the bed to be prepared. This requires six to eight inches of crushed concrete to be poured and compacted. This allows water to drain and prevents weeds from growing up through the pavers.

Pavers use a polymer cement compound to cover the top . The polymer cement compound seals and hardens the top and give your new driveway it's color.

It pays to shop around and ask different paving companies about their driveway techniques and the paving products they use in remodeling driveways. There are ways to cut some of the expenses. Make sure you know what their quoted price includes. Be aware of any pavers that approach you at your home. Know who you are dealing with.
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