Picking Out A New Look For Your Driveway

If you are thinking about paving your dirt or gravel driveway, but you do not like the thought of plain, black asphalt, you may be interested in trying to dress it up to look unique and decorative. Asphalt is a favorite for driveways as it is durable, cost-effective and easy to maintain. If you like these features, yet don't like a smooth, plain driveway, you can have the best of both worlds. Here are some ways that asphalt can be altered to give your driveway a festive look without having to surrender to using a different medium.

Tar And Chip Asphalt

Having a paving company pour a tar and chip asphalt mixture to your driveway surface will leave you with a driveway that has the properties of asphalt and the look of gravel. The asphalt has a stone aggregate sifted into it, giving you a surface that will give you a ton of traction. The color is lighter and more natural than a flat, black driveway.

You will still be able to enjoy the benefits of asphalt without the look of asphalt. Taking care of a tar and chip driveway is a little more involved, as you will need to periodically pull weeds that sneak in between stones, but the benefits will be well worth the extra work.

Recycled Asphalt

If you are looking for a way to place asphalt at a cheaper price, while doing something positive for the environment, consider laying recycled asphalt pavement. When existing asphalt driveways are removed, they can be ground up into small little pieces to be reused for another driveway. This type of driveway will be more granular in appearance overall, but the oils in the asphalt will adhere together, become compacted and harden on the top, leaving you with a smooth surface. 

Decorative Asphalt

If you want something other than the standard black driveway you get with regular asphalt, try out colored asphalt to give your driveway unique curb appeal. Let your paving contractor know what shade interests you and you can have a new driveway in a hue different from the norm.

Asphalt can also be stamped if you would like patterning to be incorporated into your parking area. This is done using metal templates that are pushed into the asphalt before it totally dries. There are several different impressions to choose from, including the look of natural stone or brick.

For more information about your asphalt paving options, contact a company like Bonneville Asphalt & Repair.