When I was young, my father always told me that paving a driveway by hand was no longer the way to go and that paved driveways should be done by a company. But now that I am retired and have two daughters, I am thinking about how that old adage might have changed. Years ago, our family used limestone as the driveway. The driveway was first covered with crushed limestone then topped with a layer of asphalt shingles. They still had to tear up the asphalt to lay down a new gas line.
I also remember that they laid the new concrete pavement by hand. It took them all day to do it and they had to be protected from the weather. One of the women got so tired that she asked for a ride home. She was not very pleased with the answer. Apparently, there are many more modern ways than limestone to pave a driveway and most people would choose something like asphalt paving material over the old-fashioned way of laying stones.
Today, paving stones are popular, but some people still opt for the old ways. Many consider that they still have a right to use traditional stone paving materials. Maybe they have a design in mind for their new pavement. Or they may just want to retain some of the old fashioned charm of cobblestone or flagstone. But let’s look at a few other options.
There are many types of paving materials available. For instance, you can find paving bricks in many different colors and sizes. You can find them in many different thicknesses also. Bricks and paving bricks are commonly used for driveways, sidewalks, walkways and even walls.
You can also find concrete pavers, which are specifically designed for driveways and walkways. Concrete pavers are a bit more expensive than asphalt or stone pavers, but if you want to make your driveway a showpiece or you need a really nice walkway, concrete is the way to go. You can even find concrete pavers that are shaped in special shapes for patio and garden paths. Concrete pavers are not as common as brick pavers, but they are a very popular option and they provide a very nice look. They are also a lot easier to work with and you won’t have to replace them as often.
So, which of these paving materials is right for your project? It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and the budget you have allotted for this project. If you have a smaller budget than you would probably want to consider one of the cheaper options like asphalt or concrete pavers. If you have a larger budget, you may want to consider the more durable options like bluestone or flagstone. The pros definitely outweigh the cons in most cases.