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Which Driveway Material is Best for You?

February 15, 2019

Having trouble deciding which material you should use for your driveway? Let us help. In this post, we’ll go over the differences between brushed concrete, stamped concrete, and stone pavers.

Brushed Concrete

Brushed concrete is poured concrete that is then brushed with a stiff-bristled broom. This results in a rougher texture and is a high traction option. Ideal for areas that are bound to get wet, like near a pool.

It’s low cost and low maintenance. You don’t have to settle for plain gray brushed concrete either. There are multiple ways to add style elements like different colors or separating slabs with groundcover or pebbles.

A great choice for anyone looking for a standard, affordable option.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is poured concrete that is stamped with a design of your choice. This can replicate the look of natural stone pavers, while also being a more affordable option. There’s a nearly endless amount of style options for stamped concrete when it comes to color and design.

A sealer must be applied regularly (typically once every two years). The sealer does cause stamped concrete to be slippery when wet, so this material isn’t the best choice for around a swimming pool. However, a non-slip additive can be mixed with the sealer to help add more traction.

This is a good choice for anyone who’s interested in a high variety of style options.

Pavers

Pavers are stones that have been interlocked together and can be used for driveways, patios, or walkways, and more. They’re most commonly used when a homeowner wants a traditional style for their home, however, modern styles are also available.

Pavers are long-lasting and require little maintenance. The initial investment is typically higher than the other options, but you’ll have a great looking driveway that will last for years to come. Pavers can’t crack the way poured concrete can, and any damaged pavers can easily be replaced.

An ideal choice for a classic and long-lasting look.

Comparison

Here’s a chart to help you compare materials based on some specific criteria.

Are you in the Bay Area or Sacramento? Interested in getting a new driveway or patio? Click here to request a free quote and we can help find the best option for you. You can also take a look at potential style options at our driveway gallery here.

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