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DRIVEWAYS - How to choose between asphalt or Gravel?

When it comes to making a decision between driveway material, gravel and asphalt are really your main options. You need to consider cost, soil type, the weather and how much is the driveway will be used.

Gravel Driveways are affordable and easier on your budget. They are easier to maintain, as well as there is a variety of Gravel options to choose from and it is quick to be installed. These are some of the reasons why people choose to do their driveway in Gravel. But sometimes we forget that gravel driveways need to be maintained due to the weather, especially if you are in an area where it snows. Gravel driveways may develop ruts and sinkholes, that will need to be filled to make the area smooth and somewhat even. Also, it can get dirty with a Gravel driveway, especially around the borders of your home. The cost of maintenance will depend on labor, time and equipment used while doing the maintenance.

Asphalt Driveways can be an affordable choice to do your driveway. Asphalt performs better under extreme weather conditions. A properly maintained asphalt driveway can last many years. As with gravel driveways, asphalt driveways have their own pros and cons. One of the cons to using asphalt is that you're limited to one style since black is really the only option available. A positive aspect of asphalt is that it requires only a little cost-effective maintenance. We suggest you power wash at least once a year and always repair holes or cracks as soon as they appear. A seal coat should be applied every 2-5 years or the instant you see the stone foundation under the asphalt. Gravel won’t add much value to your home but asphalt will.

In conclusion, Gravel provides a more affordable option for driveways but the clear hands-down winner will always be asphalt. It provides a stronger even surface that is easier to maintain and use over time.


Contact us today to see how much you can save on your driveway paving or gravel project. Call (203) 956-0088 or E-mail:

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