If you’re like most homeowners, your driveway is probably either asphalt or poured concrete. While there is nothing wrong with those kinds of driveways, they can be a bit boring. Getting driveway pavers installed can improve not only the way you look at your house overall, but increase your home’s value as well.
You may also have decided to move forward and improve your driveway with pavers. However, choosing the right materials for your driveway pavers is just as important as choosing to do it in the first place.
Consider Your Options
Just choosing a random driveway paver material can make or break the aesthetic of your home. The style of your home plays an important role in what pavers will compliment your driveway to your home.
It should be noted that regardless of which pavers you choose, the foundation of gravel and compacted sand will still typically be used. It is the top layer where homeowners typically have the most fun.
Each paver style will have its own benefits and drawbacks. So when we say “Consider your options”, we are mainly talking about the materials of your driveway pavers.
So the question is, “What kind of paver do you want?” How does brick look against your house? How about cobblestone? Rubber? Marble? The list goes on.
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What You Want The Pavers To Do
Regardless of the material you choose for your driveway pavers, the purpose behind them should be considered. Is your home in the middle of a floodplain? You will want pavers that drain water efficiently.
Perhaps you are looking for something that is a bit more low maintenance. And, of course, you might want something that not only will improve your home’s curb appeal but also save you money.
How To Choose The Right Pavers
Choosing the right driveway pavers means taking a good look at how your home looks overall. Here are a few things to pay attention to before settling on a specific paver material.
Believe it or not, the shade of the paver material can affect the attractiveness of your home and driveway. A paver that is a few shades lighter than the paint of your home’s exterior can help the driveway compliment your home instead of stealing the spotlight.
Hue can also affect the kind of material you choose as well. Typically, if your home is made of brick, it might not be a good idea to have a brick driveway. However, brick tends to look really good with wood exteriors.
The style of your driveway pavers shows how you want to present an extension of yourself to the world.
If you want to have a garden in the front yard, for instance, it would be a good idea to have a driveway laid with more neutral colors to draw attention to that garden, particularly if your goal is to create a more relaxed or even rustic feel.
Regardless if the goal for your driveway pavers is to create a relaxed or more fun and energetic atmosphere, choosing just one color isn’t your only option.
There are plenty of different shades, hues, and colors to choose from depending on your personal preference and the overall feel you want your driveway to compliment.
There is also a practical reason for this as well. If you happen to park your vehicles on your driveway, there’s a possibility that leaks will occur. If your driveway pavers are all the same color, any and all leaks that may leave a stain on the ground can stick out like a sore thumb.
On the other hand, a multicolored driveway can serve to camouflage any and all stains that may occur.
In Southern California, we tend to be familiar with how hot days can get throughout the year. And our driveways typically are in places where they don’t get a lot of shade during the day.
Knowing how the pavers you choose will react in direct sunlight can affect how your driveway will eventually affect your home’s value.
If you have a habit of walking outside barefoot, choosing a paver that is a bit lighter would be a good idea. Lighter colors won’t absorb as much heat and will make it cooler to walk on.
We get that this is a but of a head-scratcher, but we promise it will help you choose the right driveway pavers. The main reason is that the color of your roof’s shingles can affect your driveway.
In most cases, you would want to choose a paver that matches the roof as much as possible. The pavers don’t need to be an exact match, but it should be something that helps tie it all together.
The Right Pavers Pros For You
With all this in mind, you have the opportunity to choose the right team for your driveway paver project. Contact us today for a consultation!