Your driveway is more than just something to drive on, it’s the starting point of your home, and its quality can either detract or add to the overall street appeal of your property. Pavers have always been and continue to be a popular driveway material, but which ones are best? Here, we’ll run through some options to help you make your choice.
Some things you need to consider before getting your heart set on a particular paver type:
The layout of your driveway
If you have a flat straight driveway, you can have virtually any paver so long as it’s 50mm thick at the minimum. It gets a bit trickier when the driveway is sloping or angular. If it’s rounded, you may have to consider the size of your pavers and the layout. Steep or sloping driveways need added strength to ensure they stay put, and this can affect your paver choice.
Whether the pavers have anti-slip properties
Pavers that have no grip can be dangerous to walk on when wet and offer no traction for a car to drive on. Ideally, the pavers you select for your driveway should have slip-resistant properties to ensure uttermost safety.
Do they complement your home?
Before buying your pavers, grab a few samples to compare them against the existing colour palette of your home. This can give you a visual idea of what the finished product will look like.
A colour that’s suitable for a driveway
Driveways get dirty, and they’ll have cars driving across them. Because of this, they tend to mark more than say pavers in an entertainment area. This should be considered when choosing the colour of your pavers. Regardless of how often you seal them, light coloured pavers will show marks more obviously than darker ones. You can still have lighter pavers, but just know that they may require more maintenance to keep them looking clean and tidy.
Some great driveway paver choices
Natural stone is one of the most popular paving materials, not only for driveways but for other outdoor areas around the house. They look stunning and suit virtually any style of home. With so many colours and materials to choose from, the hardest part is deciding which one to use. Granite and travertine are sturdy and equally as beautiful. Make sure you get the thickness right to prevent premature wear or cracking, a minimum of 30mm is recommended when using these materials for a driveway.
Concrete pavers are a long-standing choice that is extremely versatile. They are options to suit almost every preference and budget with a vast variety of colours, styles, shapes, and textures to choose from. The finish is typically textured and offers great non-slip benefits which are ideal for a driveway. Additionally, they aren’t prone to cracking but if they do, they are easily accessible and economical to replace.
Cobblestone pavers are a classic paving option that is dateless. They can create a point of interest and add textures and character to the front of your home. Cobblestones are super strong and suited well to all driveways, sloped, and curved included. They can be laid in a variety of ways which enables you to create something unique if you choose. This pavers has a textured finish which provides ample grip for walking and driving on.
There’s a good reason why people choose porcelain pavers for their driveways. They look beautiful, require very little upkeep once installed, and they offer superior performance. Unlike some other pavers, porcelain pavers don’t need to be sealed. They maintain their colour and are UV ray, mould, and chemical resistant while being non-slip and capable of weight-bearing heavy loads without the risk of cracking.
Which driveway pavers are the cheapest?
It depends on the style of paver you choose; however, concrete pavers are typically priced at the cheaper end, whereas natural stone pavers are at the higher end of the price scale. Weighing up the pros and cons of each can help you decide whether higher-priced pavers are worth the additional cost or not.
Driveways will often meet up with the house, or garage and if drainage hasn’t been factored in when it rains, the water will end up inside which can cause major issues. Whether you’re laying a new driveway yourself or hiring a professional, ensure that drainage has been considered.
When it comes down to it, it’s up to you which pavers you choose for your driveway. Working out how much you are willing to spend and the look you are trying to create can help you design a driveway that’s not only functional but, aesthetically appealing also. Installing a driveway is a big job that requires a level of skill and specialised equipment. If you have no experience in constructing driveways, it’s best to consult with a professional who does. This will ensure your driveway lasts, it’s safe, and it’s built lawfully. Here at Bonita Stone, we supply the very best pavers to the people of Perth. They are meticulously crafted to the highest standards, and we take immense pride in the quality of our products. If you’d like more information on our collection or have any questions about a paving project at your place, contact us today, we are happy to help if we can.