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Which driveway material is right for your new home?

Date Friday, 24 July 2015 10:49 AM

The pros and cons of three different types of driveways.

Few people put much thought into their driveway and see it as more of a functional necessity than part of the home. However, the right design and choice of material for your driveway can complement the overall design of your home and make a great first impression on visitors.

Environmental impact, durability and cost will all influence your choice of driveway.

Despite what you might see in the typical Australian suburb, driveways are not limited to straight concrete paths. In fact, there's a multitude of materials you can use to create a beautiful driveway that frames the entrance of your home. What's more, you'll need to take more than mere aesthetics to into account. Elements such as environmental impact, durability and cost will all impact your decision.

To help you decide which driveway is right for you, we've rounded up three of the most common types you'll find across the country:  

1. Concrete  

Concrete is the number one choice of driveway material in Australia. Perhaps the greatest benefit to using concrete is its flexibility. It can be moulded to fill small valleys and go over hills, which makes it ideal for anyone building a home on an uneven section.  

Once sealed, concrete is also fairly durable, though it is susceptible to cracking, especially in warmer climates. It's relatively expensive compared to other options, and the run-off it produces means you'll need to think carefully about drainage.  

Selecting the right driveway material helps frame your home's entrance.Selecting the right driveway material helps frame your home's entrance.

2. Pavers  

Pavers can add a level of sophistication to your home's entrance that concrete could never hope to replicate. The gaps in the pavers mean that weeds and tree roots can grow up between the cracks, but they also allow for better drainage. Later down the track, if part of your driveway were to get damaged, it's a simple and cost-effective matter to simply replace one of the pavers.  

While a paved driveway is typically cheaper than concrete, the cost of labour can drive the overall price up. If your home's located far from the road, be sure to get a quote before committing to anything.  

3. Exposed aggregate  

A mix of cement and small stones or pebbles, exposed aggregate can make your driveway very visually appealing. Tough and textured, the finish feels natural underfoot and is particularly ideal for anyone who wants his or her home to reflect the vibes of the surrounding environment.   

A driveway that features the right material and design can be the ultimate finishing touch to a property. For more ideas, be sure to get in touch with your local G.J. Gardner Homes branch.

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