A new driveway design will not only improve the visual appeal of your home, but a quality installation is also an investment into practicality and functionality, as cars move on and off of your driveway multiple times each day. Your driveway doesn’t have to be boring to be safe and functional! Landscape designers can share many ideas to improve both the beauty and the practicality of your driveway. Here are a few things that landscaping professionals consider when designing a driveway in Hinsdale, IL, to improve the curb appeal of any home.
Location Does your driveway lead directly up to a garage? Is there a walkway to create a connection to your front door? Does the driveway lead to a side entrance, or a set of stairs? Each driveway is different based on its relationship to the entrances of your house. Your landscape designer will be able to provide a multitude of ideas for how to recreate your driveway in relationship to the road, the features of your property, and the entrances to your home.
Topography On a property with even the slightest of hills, special considerations must be made for how the driveway will be installed. Will it follow the curve of the hill, or will you take advantage of excavating services to dig out, level out or flatten part of your property in order to install the driveway? On a longer, steeper hill, the driveway may need to curve around or switchback once or twice. These types of decisions are also contingent on where the driveway will lead.
Materials The materials that a professional will consider for your driveway are based on a balance between how you need it to function, and the desired look you’d like to achieve. A few common materials for updated driveways are asphalt, poured concrete or concrete pavers. Specialty materials such as brick or cobblestone may also be used in some designs.
An asphalt driveway is durable and less expensive, but will have to be resealed every few years to maintain its quality. Because of the flexibility of the material, when it is maintained properly it is less susceptible to cracking. Depending on the quality of the installation, frequency of maintenance and the climate in which you live, an asphalt driveway could last from 12-20 years.
Concrete driveways are also very durable, and require little maintenance. While more expensive than asphalt, they are typically a good value for large areas that need to be paved. Concrete driveways are among the more plain styles of driveway, but can last for over twenty years.
One of the strongest materials you can use for a driveway is concrete pavers. Pavers can withstand about twice the weight that regular poured concrete can, and they often come with a lifetime warranty. Because of their strength and durability, they are more expensive than either asphalt or poured concrete. There are countless shapes and patterns available, but paver driveways will require more maintenance to keep weeds from growing in between the pavers and to mitigate movement of pavers, depending on the quality of the installation.
Maintenance Each style of driveway has its own maintenance needs to retain its original quality, and your landscaper will be able to communicate that with you while discussing the details of your new driveway. One feature that could help alleviate cracks and other maintenance headaches that tend to happen during the change of seasons is to get a driveway heating system installed under pavers.