Types of Driveways and their Pros and Cons.

If you’re thinking about getting a new driveway but you’re having trouble deciding or you’re just not sure what’s out there, then keep reading. We’ll be covering some of the most popular types of driveways on the market and the pros and cons for each.  

Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt driveways are a mixture of rock, sand, and cement. These driveways come in basic black, but they can be stamped with different designs for a more high-end appeal. It is a popular choice because it is cheap and otherwise performs similar to concrete. Data from Homenova say they can last anywhere from 12-35 years depending upon the climate. A properly installed asphalt driveway will act similarly to a concrete surface but at a lower price. Moreover, because asphalt is a petroleum product, it is flexible which makes it less susceptible to changing temperatures and climate conditions.

Asphalt Driveway Pros:

  • Easy on your budget
  • Conceals stains
  • Cures faster than concrete
  • Suitable for a cold climate

Asphalt Driveway Cons:

  • Limited opportunities for personalization
  • Will soften in hot weather
  • Climate and snow removal disturbs rocks

Cobblestone Driveway

Cobblestone is a perfect choice for those wanting the most durable driveway out there. They are made of granite, which is stain resistant, weather resistant and does not crack or split. The durability of cobblestone driveway is one that comes without much compare. It simply holds up without much maintenance.

Cobblestone Driveway Pros:

  • Available in several colors.
  • Design Flexibility
  • Require very little maintenance

Cobblestone Driveway Cons:

  • Not Recommendable as a DIY Job
  • These driveways are not smooth thus making it difficult to clear snow.

Concrete Driveway

Concrete is a traditional choice for many driveways, especially in urban and suburban settings. This is used to describe driveways constructed using poured concrete, which is sometimes mixed with other products to produce a different look and color. These surfaces have the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and long lasting, lasting between 15 to 30 years in appropriate weather conditions. Concrete also offers some flexibility in its appearance.

Concrete Driveway Pros:

  • More flexible in color and design
  • Neat, straight edges
  • Suitable for a hot climate

Concrete Driveway Cons:

  • Quite Expensive compared to Asphalt
  • Easily stained
  • This material however can be affected by cold weather.
  • Can crack in very cold weather

Tar and Chip Driveway

Tar and Chip driveways are a cheap alternative to asphalt paving. However, the look of this driveway will not be as smooth as other driveways. A tar and chip driveway starts with a gravel base, and then hot tar is poured over the gravel. After the tar has been poured, small stones are dumped on the tar, and then the surface is flattened and smoothed over by is then pressed with a roller.

Tar and Chip Pros:

  • Simple and Easy to Construct
  • They are inexpensive and perfect for traction.

Tar and Chip Cons:

  • Limited Contractors
  • Requires immediate action for repair when cracks and holes occur