Driveways are the paths linking the street to your home or garage, and they’re one of the first features people notice about your home. Properly installed driveways can last for at least two decades, which is why some homeowners are willing to pay extra to ensure their driveways stand out.
Gravel driveways are the most basic type, while concrete and asphalt are two of the most popular and basic driveway options. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can have the concrete’s surface stamped to add color and texture.
Paver driveways are another option, especially if your goal is to make your home blend in with a walkway or other hardscaping feature.
Before hiring a contractor to install a driveway, you’ll need to be sure they have experience installing the specific kind of driveway you’re looking for. Each type requires specific skills and knowledge to install, and you want to be sure the contractor you hire knows how to do the job correctly the first time.
Make sure prospective contractors include base materials and plan in their written proposals. Low bids may mean they plan to skimp on the base, which will lead to a weaker driveway that will fail prematurely. Get multiple bids to compare how much base each driveway installer recommends for your project.