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Asphalt Paved Driveways : Common Driveway Types

Common Driveway Types


Asphalt paved driveways are very popular providing a durable surface to park your vehicle. Over a long period of time, asphalt paving needs to be resealed, so maintenance costs must be considered. Properly installed asphalt paved driveways have a life expectancy of about thirty or more years.

1. Poured Concrete Driveways

Concrete poured driveways are one of the preferred driveways types, offering a permanent low-maintenance driveway. Concrete can be poured forming patterns or sections allowing for contraction and expansion of concrete. Concrete paved driveways are more expensive than asphalt but they can last for decades without decaying.

2. Stamped Concrete Driveways

Stamped Concrete
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Stamped concrete paved driveways are an alternative to plain concrete. Stamped concrete driveways allow creating an impression that a new material is being used such as stone, brick, or any other construction material. Stamped concrete driveways are created by pressing molds into concrete while the concrete is still setting. Stamped concrete could also be used on driveways, patios, roads and interior floors.

3. Interlocking Pavers

Interlocking pavers are another alternative to be used on driveways. Pavers should be able to withstand heavy traffic while creating a solid stable walkable surface. It is important that the interlocking pavers are built over a solid base preventing pavers from moving and causing cracks and gaps to appear. Interlocking pavers could be designed creating patterns and combining colors to create special and personalized effects. Pavers, due to their porosity, could be stained over the years and might require being pressure washed to remove marks from oil, tires and other contaminants.

4. Tar and Chip or Chip Sealed Driveway

tar and chip driveway
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Chip sealed or tar and chip driveways are an affordable alternative than asphalt paving. However, the appearance of this driveway will not be as attractive and smooth as other paved driveways. A chip sealed driveway starts with a gravel base, and then hot tar is poured over the gravel. After the tar has been poured, stones are thrown on top of the tar, and the surface is then pressed with roller equipment.

The tar and chip driveway finish could be enhanced by using colored stone, although these stones could become loose over time. A tar and chip driveway can be repaved for around half the cost of an asphalt driveway and requires little maintenance. No sealing is necessary and the lighter color will absorb less heat, making it more comfortable to walk on in hot weather.

5. Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate used as paved driveways are one the hottest trends over the last couple of years. Offering a wide range of color alternatives, sizes and shades, exposed aggregate create a special and attractive driveway that will enhance this part of your home. Exposed aggregate is one of the most popular driveways surfaced, creating a non-slip sealed surface that could last with little or no maintenance for almost a decade. It is created using special concrete mixes that combine unique aggregates which are exposed on top of the surface. The finish of exposed aggregate driveways exposes smooth textures stones and pebbles that are part of the concrete surface. This is in contrast to a smooth concrete finish, where the visible surface is primarily composed of the 'fines' within the concrete. Very little of the exposed surface is the characteristic dull grey of the concrete fines.

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