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Best Driveway Materials

© Photographee.eu – stock.adobe.com. Popular driveway materials in the U.S. include concrete, asphalt, gravel, paving stones, brick and shell. To choose the best type of driveway material for your home, consider your climate, the material and installation cost, durability, aesthetics, maintenance and ease of repair. Before you decide, use this guide to find out which…

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Best Gravel for Driveways

There are seven types of gravel and stones you can use to pave a driveway. Based on appearance, longevity, and purpose, we identified Jersey Shore gravel and pea gravel as the best types of gravel for driveways. Marble chips, quarry process, and river rock are some of the best rocks for driveways, and crushed stone…

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Best Types of Pavers

A well designed and built paver will invite you, your family, and your friends to hang out and make it an unforgettable night on the patio. It can also boost your home’s curb appeal, or make your pool deck the place to be. So when choosing the best type of paver, you should look for…

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Paved stone driveway

Pavers vs. Concrete for Patios, Driveways and Pool Decks

nutthaphol/ iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images Dani Bazelkova/ Moment via Getty Images If you’re thinking of installing a new patio, pool deck or driveway, you might be curious what the differences are between stamped concrete versus pavers. The type of material you choose will be based on your budget, usage and the…

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Concrete versus Asphalt Driveways

On This Page: What’s the Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete? Concrete and asphalt are both mixtures of sand and crushed stone called aggregate. The difference is what binds the aggregate together. In concrete, cement binds the mixture and gives it a light gray appearance. Asphalt is bound with a black, viscous petroleum-based substance. Both come…

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How to Coat, Reseal, or Repair Cracks in Asphalt or Concrete Driveways

Sealing asphalt and concrete driveways renews their look and helps combat corrosion and freeze damage. It can be an inexpensive DIY project that extends its usable life, saving you thousands in driveway replacement costs. In warmer climates that don’t see frost, it’s not always necessary to do much more than seal cracks and fill pits…

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Driveway Paving Tips and Ideas

Driveway-paving is one of those blanket terms that gets tossed around every time a homeowner’s concrete slab cracks or a new driveway needs to be poured. Here’s a quick list of the three most popular driveway-paving materials and the plusses and minuses of each. Asphalt Paving Asphalt is a great place to start when discussing…

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Concrete Flatwork with a Decorative Finish

Pouring a Concrete Driveway or Walkway

Concrete is one of the most popular materials for driveways and walkways and for good reason. Concrete is durable and requires little maintenance. It also gives you a number of versatile and decorative options in appearance. Before you can hire a company to begin pouring your concrete, you’ll first need a plan. One of the…

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Asphalt Driveway

How to Protect Your Driveway

Driveway sealing is an easy and cost effective way to protect and prolong the life of your driveway. Asphalt surfaces are particularly susceptible to wear and tear, both from weather and from automobile traffic, and the grade of asphalt commonly used on driveways is even more so. Driveway sealing at regular intervals gives your driveway…

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Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt Paving

Asphalt is an excellent option if you’re looking for a long lasting, functional driveway. It’s cheaper than concrete, resists frost heaves and cracking better than concrete, is less prone to damage from salts and ice melt, and it cures quicker, meaning you can use your driveway sooner after installation. About the only downside of asphalt…

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