Concrete Driveway Paving: Which is Best?

If you’re considering redoing your property’s driveway, you must be having a tough time deciding between the options available. Although concrete driveways are long-lasting and easier to maintain, brick and asphalt driveways are more slip-resistant and have a better aesthetic appeal.

There are many options available for driveway paving materials in Christchurch. We’ll recommend you to take your time researching and understanding what is best for your property.

We’ll discuss some of the pros and cons of brick, asphalt, and concrete paving to help you make your decision.   

Asphalt Driveway Paving

Asphalt driveway paving is cost-effective. However, not many people in New Zealand prefer asphalt installation due to poor longevity.

Asphalt driveways are mainly oil-based; as a result, it isn’t very practical during intense warm weather. It also gets cracked with time and requires restoration.

Verdict

Asphalt paving for driveways is prone to deterioration regardless of how well constructed it is. It also has high installation costs. Therefore, it may not be the ideal choice for you. 

Brick Driveway Paving

1.      Size 

Brick pavers usually come in small sizes, and there aren’t a lot of variations in shape for you to choose from.

2.      Colours

Brick pavers come in a limited number of colours and shades. Bricks are coloured through the mixing of different clays. They also can handle harsh UV rays better than concrete. 

3.      Durability

Brick driveway pavements’ durability is subject to weather conditions and exposure to UV rays. They’re more likely to crack over time and require regular maintenance.

4.      Installation

Bricks are harder to cut and are expensive. The installation is also a complex and time-consuming process.

Verdict

While brick paving makes for an elegant driveway, it has low durability, requires a lot of maintenance, and doesn’t offer design versatility. 

Concrete Driveway Paving

Concrete foundation driveways are made of cement and aggregate that is compressed and air-cured. It is available in many shapes, hues, and sizes.

Concrete driveway paving is the most preferred and popular driveway paving material. Concrete paving can also be stamped, stained, and coloured to give your driveway a more aesthetic look. It’s also low maintenance and has high durability.

1.      Size and Style

Concrete pavers are available in several different shapes and sizes, from small to over 25 inches slabs. They also come in different shapes, i.e., plank or square, to create a unique driveway.

2.      Colours and Durability

Concrete pavers come in a variety of different shades and hues. They can be a blend of warm and cool colours to make your property stand out.

They offer better resistance and are less likely to crack in extreme weather.

3.      Installation and Costs

Concrete is 15 to 20 per cent more affordable than brick pavers, and their flat bottoms and shapes make them easier to be installed.

Verdict

Concrete paving is low maintenance, has high durability, and comes in versatile shapes and designs, making it a better choice for your driveway.

Residential brick paving

If you’re looking for concrete driveway services in Christchurch, you’re in the right place. At Riverstone Concrete, we offer decorative concrete landscape services, concrete placing and flooring services, and more.

Click here to learn more about us or dial +64 21 247 4837.