Let’s face it – driveways are usually not high on the priority list when it comes to your home and landscaping, when in reality the driveway should be a top priority as it can set the first impression of your property when guests arrive. While asphalt may have its benefits, take a look at the difference a brick driveway can make to the overall appearance of your property. Concrete Designs are experts in this area and will be happy to show you how a brick driveway can greatly enhance the look and feel of your home.
The benefits of brick versus asphalt are many, here are a few for you to consider:
1 – Easier installation is a big plus.
No noisy heavy equipment, no asphalt smell permeating your house, no waiting days on end for the bricks to cure. As soon as the brick is laid, it can be driven on without worry.
2 – Variety is key with brick.
The colors, shapes, and sizes of brick can create beautiful patterns to make your driveway a virtual work of art. Asphalt is black, period.
3 – Safety should always be kept in mind.
The rough texture of most brick used in paving makes them naturally slip-resistant when wet.
4 – Repairs are much faster and easier if a brick should become damaged.
Since they are individual units, it’s a simple matter of removing and replacing the damaged unit. Asphalt repair, on the other hand, is more complicated and time-consuming, and never quite looks the same.
5 – Withstanding the elements
This definitely gives brick the upper hand as opposed to asphalt. The heat of the summer sun in areas such as southern Florida can cause asphalt to thin, ripple, and crack, leading to expensive repairs. Heavy rains also have a negative effect on asphalt. Brick is not affected by most weather conditions.
6 – Longevity
The longevity of a brick is quoted by some experts as anywhere between 20 – 30 years when properly installed. With the expertise of those at Concrete Designs, you can be assured your brick driveway will last for many years.
7 – Lower maintenance
This alone is worth the cost of choosing brick over asphalt. Asphalt will last for years but needs constant maintenance and attention to do so; crack repairs need immediate attention, and a seal coating should be applied every 2 – 3 years, just to name a couple common asphalt issues. A quick squirt with the water hose, or a light scrub to any stain will keep your brick driveway looking new and fresh.