Other Building Materials
If you have a driveway space, it is always a good idea to make sure that material is laid down to keep your car and yourself protected from mushy ground, potholes and other things. While we have covered paving your driveway with both asphalt and concrete, these are not the only materials that we can use. Asphalt and concrete are the most common, as they are cost effective and do a very effective job at covering your driveway space. However, there are other options, such as brick, stone pavers and gravel that can, alternately, be used to pave your driveway with.
Brick is a great material to use because it is a very strong material that does an incredible job of holding up under inclement weather and direct sunlight. Brick is made up of natural clays and aggregates, which means that they are green friendly. This also means that, because of natural materials, they hold up well against natural causes. Also, because bricks are laid individually, together, they distribute weight in a way that helps to spread the load over several, individual bricks. This allows for flexibility, which helps bricks to maintain their structural integrity.
Natural Stone Pavers
We have talked a little bit about pavers on other pages on this site, but these are very good options for driveway paving, even if a little more expensive than other options. One of the materials that pavers can be made out of it natural stone. Natural stone is extremely durable by nature and, because stone is from the earth, it holds up under rain and other weather and does very well, better than almost any other material, at deflecting sunlight. Natural stone is gorgeous and is laid in individual pieces, much like brick, which allows for great weight distribution and helps the stones to hold up.
Another option for a driveway system, that is incredibly cost effective and still does a decent job at protection is laying down of gravel. Gravel allows for water drainage, as it is made up of many individual pieces of aggregate. Gravel also gives a firm base for tires and feet to stand on. One of the best things about gravel is that, should a pothole start to form, more gravel can simply be added in to help level out your driveway space. Gravel may not look as beautiful as other options, but holds up extremely well.
Material Vs None
No matter which material you choose to use for your driveway system, any material is better than no material at all. While natural earth tends to hold up very well, it can also be extremely mailable under certain weather conditions. If rain comes in or a storm happens, natural earth can be moved and eroded. This can lead to dangerous situations such as potholes and sinkholes, which can hurt your tires. For this reason, laying down a foundation that isn’t as easily manipulated will help to maintain tire and general safety.