Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

The driveway of your home is the first part of the property your guests see. Maintaining it will keep your property well kept, increasing the value of your home. If you are considering resurfacing your driveway, here is a comparison of asphalt and interlock, and the benefits of each.

The Benefits of an Asphalt Driveway

 Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

Asphalt is attractive and effective for driveways in Canada. If you are considering installing one, here is a list of a few benefits of this material.   Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

1.It’s cost effective: For the budget conscious homeowner, asphalt is the economical choice. With an average price of $3.50-$4.50 per square foot, the initial installation cost is significantly lower than that of an interlocking  driveway.

 Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

 

 

 

2.It lasts: According to the Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association, the average asphalt driveway lasts between 10 and 30 years, if properly installed and maintained.

 Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

3.Easy installation: The process of installing an asphalt driveway is simple, as long as it is properly designed, the correct materials are used, and the construction process is properly carried out. For detailed information on the construction of an asphalt driveway, consult this pamphlet, published by The Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association.

All of these benefits are reason to select asphalt for your driveway. Before making a decision, consider the advantages that come from installing an interlocking finish.

    The Benefits of Interlocking Driveways

 

Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

While asphalt is cost efficient and lasts a long time, interlocking stone or brick have their own unique benefits. Here is a list of a few positive factors that come from installing an interlocking driveway for your home.

Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

1.It’s aesthetically pleasing:  With a large selection of colours and shapes to choose from, interlock allows for different designs and patterns. This means that your driveway will have a unique reflection of your style, and will also increase the curb appeal of your home.

Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

2.It’s simple to repair: In the event that one of the stones cracks, interlock is very simple to repair because only the affected stone needs to be removed and replaced.

Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

3.It’s low maintenance: When compared to maintenance of asphalt, the upkeep for an interlock driveway is very manageable. According to the interlocking specialist and landscaping company Markstone, the recommended procedure for maintaining an interlock driveway is as follows:

i. Use a pressure washer to remove debris and stains

ii. Spread polymeric sand between stones

iii. Mist the stones

Following these three steps every few years guarantees the quality and elegance of your driveway will last. For full details and instructions on maintaining your interlock, Markstone has guidelines on their Tips for Maintenance page.

Regardless of whether your driveway is asphalt or interlock, each type is beneficial to the curb appeal of your home, and both can increase the value of your property if properly maintained. For more information on this topic, as well as other tips for homeowners, be sure to visit the Falconcrest Homes’ Blog.

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