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Top 4 Driveway Replacement Options

After years of wear and tear from leaking fluids, inclement weather, dropping heavy tools, and day-to-day parking, you have decided to replace your driveway. When repairs are becoming more and more frequent, the expense of maintenance is adding up, when there are unsightly cracks or potholes, replacing the driveway is probably the best decision. But the decisions aren’t over quite yet.

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is what you are replacing your driveway with. Even though concrete and asphalt are the most common materials, there are several options that you can choose. And when you have decided on a driveway material, there may be decisions regarding the size and shape, the pattern, edging, and more.

At Par Concrete, our concrete contractors have more than four years experience, and we committed to providing our customers with the highest level of customer service and craftsmanship. We work throughout the Orlando, Florida area, and the greater Central Florida region. Our team can provide skilled concrete installations as well as pavers made from a variety of materials. Whatever you are envisioning for your driveway, you can count on Par Concrete to get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

Pros and Cons of 4 Driveway Materials

Concrete

  • Cost: $5 to $6 per square foot

  • Lifespan: 25 to 50 years

Pros:

  • Durable.

  • Long-lasting.

  • Requires very little maintenance.

  • Concrete can be customized with stamped designs and patterns.

  • It can be stained to give it a unique color and appearance.

  • Concrete promotes an efficient drainage system, ensuring that water has as little impact on the structure of the driveway as possible.

  • A benefit that is especially nice for Floridians is that concrete stays relatively cool under direct sunlight.

Cons:

  • Concrete by itself isn’t always the most aesthetically pleasing material.

  • It’s one of the least environmentally friendly.

  • It’s impermeable, meaning water flows into sewer systems instead of the soil.

Asphalt

  • $2 to $5 per square foot

  • 12 to 20 years

Pros:

  • A more affordable alternative to concrete.

  • One of the more common driveway materials.

  • Made of a tar-like material, it is less likely to crack.

Cons:

  • Not an environmentally friendly choice.

  • Asphalt needs to be resealed every few years.

  • It can get very hot in the summer.

Pavers

  • $15 to $30 per square foot.

  • Up to 100 years

Pros:

  • Several materials can be used, including brick, concrete, cobblestone, porcelain, marble, travertine, and flagstone.

  • Provides a high level of curb appeal.

  • Requires little maintenance.

Cons:

  • A more costly option, especially for larger driveways.

  • Installation takes more time.

Gravel

  • $1 to $3 per square foot

  • Up to 100 years

Pros:

  • Gravel is an incredibly cost-effective driveway material, especially for longer driveways.

  • Gravel creates a more compacted surface as it settles and is driven on.

Cons:

  • The driveway may need to be regraded depending on how much traffic there is.

  • Gravel can be thrown into your lawn, creating hazards if someone were to walk in the grass barefoot.

  • It’s one of the least aesthetically appealing materials and could impact resale value.

Choose Part Concrete For Your Driveway Replacement

If you live in Central Florida and are considering replacing your driveway, you can trust in the contractors at Par Concrete. In addition to driveway installations, we provide concrete removal services and can install sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and more. We can work with a variety of paver materials to help you create a personalized look that will enhance your curb appeal and add value to your home. Whatever reason you’re replacing your driveway, we can help you make a decision that is best for your home and budget. Get in touch with our team today to schedule an appointment.