Reconsider the standard blacktop driveway in favor of a block driveway, which is made up of blocks or bricks. Upgrading to a new block driveway will make your home stand out from the rest, provide you with a beautiful and functional driveway, and add value to your home.
Homes in all climates can enjoy a block driveway, although there may be some special driveway installation considerations for seasonal climates with colder temperatures in winter. In this case, the installers will need to leave small spaces in between the different sections of the driveway, to allow for expansion during the colder months. Imagine trying to do this with a standard blacktop driveway. It just won’t work, leading to cracks and a breakdown of the surface. The correct bonding material for your climate is also important.
One of the great benefits to a block driveway is the amount of customization that can be done. A variety of block shapes and colors is readily available, and they can be mixed throughout the driveway. Initials or a logo can also be incorporated for some nice personalization of your home.
The Two Best Block Paving Materials
Common block paving comes in two different materials, concrete or clay. Each has its own pros and cons. Concrete block paving is less expensive than clay, but it is also less hard wearing, with an expected life span of 20 years. Clay comes in a smaller variety of colors, but those natural shades do not fade over time. Concrete can be more flexible in shape, so it can more easily be used for unconventional driveways shapes and designs.
Laying your own block driveway can be hard work that involves several steps. You will need to ensure proper drainage, a level foundation, solid bonding and proper edging, to name just a few of the concerns of installing a driveway. You will also need to rent special equipment. The average driveway will take one or two people at least a week to create, depending on the size and design elements. The nice thing about block driveways is the fact that you can craft them over several weekends, instead of having to complete the job all at once. If you cannot handle the tall task, contact your local driveway contractor for a professional block driveway installation
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