Driveways are often the most overlooked aspect of your yard. Yet, driveways are usually one of the first things a visitor notices. Therefore, making sure that your driveway matches the aesthetic of your home and provides the necessary functionality is very important. There are a variety of materials that can be used to create a driveway. Below, are a list of pros and cons for the most common driveway materials.



  • Easy maintenance
  • Most affordable
  • Quick installation and can be used immediately
  • Can vary in color to match your home aesthetics


  • Requires filling in holes (after wet weather conditions)
  • Can be dusty
  • Difficult to plow snow on gravel


  • Pro:
  • More affordable than concrete and brick pavers
  • Moderate longevity
  • Less impacted by weather when compared to gravel



  • Installation is lengthier than gravel
  • Requires seal coating when pavement cracks



  • High longevityConcrete
  • Less maintenance than asphalt or gravel


  • More expensive than asphalt and gravel
  • Can easily notice oil stains or tire marks
  • Cannot resurface

Brick PaversBrick Pavers


  • Very aesthetically pleasing – can be built in various patterns or designs
  • If properly installed, can last around 25 years


  • Breaks more easily than other surfacing materials
  • Expensive
  • Uneven surfaces can arise from roots, erosion, etc.

By Anna Hellman


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