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Aug 22, 2023

Choosing the right material for your driveway is an essential part of home design and aesthetics, contributing to both curb appeal and property value. More than just looks, the best driveway for you will consider factors like cost, location and climate, maintenance needs, safety, and durability. Let’s take a look at several driveway materials – their advantages and disadvantages – so you can make an informed decision for your home.

1. Asphalt Driveways

Benefits: Asphalt is one of the most popular driveway materials due to its affordability and quick installation. It can handle extreme cold and heat well, and it is less prone to cracking in harsh winter climates. Moreover, its dark colour helps melt snow faster. Asphalt is also beneficial in terms of safety, as its textured surface provides good traction.

Disadvantages:  While it is cost-effective upfront, asphalt requires regular maintenance (resealing every 3-5 years) to prevent cracks and potholes. Additionally, it tends to soften in extreme heat, which can lead to deformation.

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2. Concrete Driveways

Benefits: Concrete driveways are incredibly durable and require less maintenance than asphalt. They can withstand heavier loads and have a lifespan of up to 30 years. A variety of finishes and colours make them a flexible choice for homeowners seeking a specific aesthetic.

Disadvantages: Concrete has a higher initial cost compared to asphalt. It can crack in freezing climates and is also prone to staining. Repairing concrete can be costly and complex due to colour-matching challenges.

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3. Gravel

Benefits: Gravel is the most budget-friendly driveway material. It provides a unique, rustic appeal and offers quick installation. Gravel driveways offer excellent drainage and are less prone to problems with standing water.

Disadvantages: The loose stones require regular raking and replenishment to keep the driveway looking tidy. Gravel isn’t the best option for snowy regions as it can be challenging to clear without disturbing the stones.

4. Paver Stones and Bricks

BenefitsPaver stones and bricks provide a high-end look and increase property value significantly. They come in various shapes, colours, and patterns allowing for unique designs. These driveways are durable and easily repaired since individual pavers can be replaced.

Disadvantages: This option can be quite expensive, both in terms of materials and installation. It requires professional installation for best results and regular maintenance to prevent weed growth and shifting of stones.

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5. Natural Stone or Flagstone

Benefits: Flagstones provide an elegant, upscale aesthetic. They are incredibly durable and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Natural colour variations make each driveway unique.

Disadvantages: Flagstone is among the most expensive driveway materials. Installation can be complex and needs a professional hand. Like paver driveways, it may require regular maintenance to manage weed growth and stabilize stones.

When planning your driveway, it’s essential to remember that every property is unique. Factors like your home’s location, the local climate, your budget, and your personal style will all influence the best choice for you. While it’s always wise to consult with your paving contractor, the final decision is yours to make.

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Research and be prepared to ask a lot of questions.

Choosing the perfect driveway for your home may seem daunting, but remember: it’s not just about choosing a material. It’s about creating an entryway that welcomes you home every day.

As experts in driveway surfacing, Burnaby Blacktop recommends doing your own research before interviewing paving companies. A well-informed customer will always make the best decisions, and at Burnaby Blacktop, we’re committed to helping you make those decisions confidently.

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    To our valued customers

    As a company, we prioritise health and safety for our employees and most importantly, our customers. We would like to assure you that we work under strict compliance with the BC Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and adheres to the guidelines provided by Health Canada and the World Health Organization regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our business procedures, including estimating, collections, on site work procedures and overall customer interaction have been adjusted to ensure a healthy interaction between our employees and customers:

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