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If you cringe every time you pull into your cracked and crumbling driveway - and don’t relish the hassle of redoing a driveway every couple of years - then consider an upgrade to a paver driveway, which will pay off in durability, looks, and value. Here’s how to achieve a more welcoming home with an upgraded driveway in Wheaton, IL.
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Why are concrete pavers a superior choice over more traditional driveway materials like asphalt or poured concrete?
Like the rest of your landscape, your driveway should be an expression of quality workmanship and attention to detail. You can find concrete pavers in a huge variety of shapes, styles, colors and textures. Not only does this give you unparalleled design flexibility, it also ensures that your driveway will beautifully complement your home and tie in with the rest of your hardscapes. A driveway is a blank canvas. Imagine a flagstone-look driveway… or the timeless charm of cobblestone or brick. Whichever look you choose, from modern to traditional, your driveway will turn heads!
Asphalt and poured concrete driveways have a limited lifespan that is heavily influenced by the weather. In Illinois, you can expect a constant freeze-thaw cycle that wreaks havoc on solid-surface driveways. As the soil beneath an asphalt or concrete slab shifts, nature will take its toll with cracking, chipping, bulging and sinking. A properly installed driveway of any kind will last longer, of course, but paver driveways are made up of individual pavers that can move slightly without cracking or creating an uneven surface. This means your driveway will last much longer and in the long run, it will even save you money. In the unlikely event a paver should break, or you need to access buried utilities, you can remove and replace individual pavers rather than ruining the appearance (and integrity) of a solid-surface driveway. Yes - that means, no more ugly patches!
Paver driveways can also contribute to the health of your landscape, if you have a permeable version installed. This means that the joints between individual pavers are slightly larger than normal, and they are filled with a permeable jointing sand that allows snowmelt and rain to filter through to a special base that then slowly disperses the water into the aquifer. You’ll never have to worry about runoff from your driveway overwhelming the municipal storm drain system. And, you can say goodbye to water flooding into your landscape, too!
With so many pros, it’s hard not to say yes to a paver driveway. The most fun part is the design, and this is where you can let your personality shine.
Contrasting borders, accents, and even inlays give your driveway a unique look. If you finish the look with masonry entrance pillars and a contrasting apron, you’ll create a formal look that will make you feel like you’re coming home to your own gated luxury estate!
If you prefer to stick to a poured concrete or asphalt driveway, you can still add a paver apron, inlays, and borders to give your driveway personality and flair.
Remember landscape lighting when you’re installing a new driveway. Installing low-voltage landscape lighting along the length of the driveway provides just enough illumination to define the driveway and offer a warm yet sophisticated welcome. It’s time to do away with the single bright light on a post, which casts harsh shadows on your landscape. More gentle modern light fixtures create ambience as well as safety.
For that “welcome home” feeling, start with an upgraded driveway. Give our experts a call today!
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