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Naturally, if you have a car, it would be super-convenient for your home to have a driveway. However, if you are set to invest in a driveway, you might wonder whether it should be made of asphalt or driveway paving instead. So, which one is right for you?

Construction

Asphalt does not require as much manpower to install as pavers — as, while asphalt is applied in a layer, pavers are pieces of concrete that have to be put in place individually. Nonetheless, if you arrange for a company (like ourselves at Dragon Stone Paving) to lay a block paved driveway for you, this can be done efficiently.

Design

Asphalt is quickly recognisable from its colour: yes, black. However, this is the only colour option with asphalt, whereas pavers can be sourced in a range of not only colours, but also styles and sizes. As a result, pavers make it easier for a driveway to be created in a design that suits the wider property.

Permeability

At homes across the Canterbury region, we can assemble driveways from permeable pavers that will allow water, e.g. from rain or melted snow, to seep through the driveway. In contrast, water will simply sit on top of an asphalt driveway.

So, opting for a paved driveway can help you to prevent water from pooling outside the building or potentially even flooding it — which result in practical and/or financial ramifications that you probably want to avoid.

Maintenance

Paved driveways are appreciably easier to maintain than asphalt equivalents. While the latter would require you to apply a fresh layer of seal coat less than six months after the driveway’s installation, pavers are more durable and don’t age nearly as soon as asphalt coatings.

Also, if a blocked paved driveway does incur damage, you might only need to replace one or two of the pavers. In contrast, an asphalt driveway can be prone to moisture-induced cracking that worsens quickly.

When it comes to the question of whether you should pick asphalt or paving for your driveway, keep in mind that Dragon Stone Paving can install block paved driveways to a high standard. To find out more about this service, please call 021 292 2335.

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