One of the major decisions that you need to make for your new custom home is what surface material you would like to use in the driveway. Since each of the available options require a significant financial investment and a long-term commitment, it is vital that you choose wisely. The main options that you can choose from for your new driveway's surface material are asphalt, concrete, brick, and gravel. Here is some information on each of these options to assist you with this important custom home building decision:
Asphalt is a building material that is often used for longer driveways because it is relatively inexpensive and has a fairly long lifespan in mild climates. Asphalt is preferred over gravel because it controls dust, and is preferred over concrete because it is cheaper and not as susceptible to staining and cracking. Asphalt is also less likely to be damaged by heavy vehicle traffic, when compared to the other alternatives.
With today's ability to tint and stamp concrete, there has been a resurgence in the installation of concrete driveways for custom homes. While more costly to install than asphalt, concrete can easily be worked to look like any surface from wood to natural stone. Tinted, stamped, and scored concrete driveways will last for many years with only periodic cleaning and maintenance.
Brick and other masonry products can be used to create a unique looking driveway for your custom home. This type of driveway will take much longer to install that gravel, asphalt, or concrete, so you can expect that the final cost will be higher. However, bricks and pavers can be placed in special herringbone or grid patterns and will add value to your custom home. Additionally, you can "grout" the bricks using moss or a low-growing grass seed for a softer and more unique look.
Finally, if the driveway and approach to your home consists of an extra-long space, then you may want to opt to put down gravel as your initial driveway surface. While you can always remove the gravel at a later date and replace it with a more finished surface, gravel will work well in the meantime and is perfectly acceptable in many rural areas as a driveway surface. Gravel is easily the cheapest option that you have for installing a driveway for your new custom home.
For more information, contact a paving contractor like Oesterling's Concrete Co Inc .