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The Best Driveway Materials

  • 27
  • 08
  • 2015

Your driveway is where first impressions of your home are made. It is in a prominent and visible location, and is often the first thing people see when looking at your home from the street.

Families with children sometimes spend a lot of time playing on the driveway. Choosing the right driveway materials is important for it to endure the rough St. Charles winters.

If you are looking to redo your driveway, the materials you select are crucial. Let’s look at a few of the popular driveway materials, and some of the plusses and negatives.


While gravel can look good, it is a tough driveway for upkeep. Grass and weeds have a way of popping up in the middle of the driveway, creating a constant fight. The gravel can also frequently become displaced, and need to be refilled. You may find stray pieces of gravel in the yard as you try to mow. Gravel is also extremely difficult to shovel and plow during the winter season.


A paver driveway will have a high curb appeal. They have a way of accenting the house with an elegant feel. There are a wide variety of designs, shapes and sizes available. A professional contractor can help you find the look that is right for you and your home. They also tend to last between 30 and 40 years.


Concrete is a popular choice, because it is easy to maintain. Concrete does not need to be resealed every 3-5 years like asphalt does. But it can crack over time in repeated freeze-thaw cycles. It can also stain from oils and chemicals, so it is important to exercise caution on concrete. A concrete driveway can last between 30 and 40 years.


Brick driveways can add a wonderful accent to a home. Many shapes and colors of brick are available, making it an easy material for design flexibility. They also can stand the pressure of repeated usage through the tough St. Charles winters. They can typically last more than 25 years.

Are you looking to have a new driveway installed? Do you have questions about the best driveway materials available? Contact us to continue the conversation.