What Are the Best Driveways?

What Are the Best Driveways?

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When it comes to choosing the best driveway for your home, there are various options available, each with its unique benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the most popular driveway options and what makes them stand out.


Concrete driveways are made up of a mixture of cement, water, and aggregates, which create a strong and sturdy surface that can withstand heavy use and extreme weather conditions. They require minimal maintenance and can last for decades with proper care.

They are also versatile in design, with various colours and finishes available to choose from. However, concrete can crack over time, and repairs can be costly. Also, concrete driveways can become quite slippery when wet, which may pose a safety hazard for pedestrians and vehicles.


Tarmac driveways are great for homeowners looking for a durable and low-maintenance solution. Installing a tarmac driveway involves laying a layer of crushed stone and then coating it with hot liquid asphalt. Tarmac driveways provide a rough, textured surface that can withstand heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions.

They also resist cracks and potholes, a common problem with other driveways. While tarmac driveways are durable and low maintenance, one downside is that they can be quite noisy. The rough and textured surface can create a loud rumbling sound when vehicles drive over it, which may concern some homeowners.


Asphalt driveways are another popular choice due to their affordability and ease of installation. It is made from asphalt cement, aggregate, and sand. Asphalt driveways are known for the smooth and seamless design they offer, making your home’s exterior look sleek and clean.

They are also more flexible than concrete, making them less prone to cracking, although they are still susceptible to cracks. They require regular maintenance, such as sealing and patching, to prevent damage from water and UV rays.

Brick pavers

Brick pavers are a stylish and customisable option that can add a unique touch to your home’s exterior. They are made from clay and come in various shapes, sizes, and colours, allowing you to create a pattern or design that suits your taste.

Pavers are also strong and durable and can be easily replaced if one becomes damaged. Remember, they are more expensive than concrete or asphalt and can be more difficult to install. They may also require more maintenance than other options, including regular cleaning to prevent moss and algae growth.


Gravel driveways are a low-cost option that can add a rustic or natural look to your home’s exterior. They are made from small stones and available in various colours and sizes, making them a versatile choice for any home.

Gravel driveways are easy to install and maintain, with minimal upkeep required. One downside is that gravel can shift and scatter over time, requiring frequent re-leveling and replacement. Gravel driveways can be difficult to shovel in the winter and may provide less traction than other materials.


Resin driveways are made of a mixture of resin and aggregate, creating a smooth and porous surface, ideal for areas with heavy foot traffic. You can choose from a resin-bound or resin-bonded system. The main difference is that a resin-bonded driveway involves spreading resin across the driveway, and loose stone is placed on top, while a resin-bound driveway is a pre-mixed combination of resin and stone laid on the surface. Resin driveways are also available in various colours and finishes, allowing you to customise the look to your taste.

They require little maintenance and are durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions. However, they are more expensive than other driveway materials and may not be suitable for heavy vehicles.

When choosing the best driveway for your home, there are several factors to consider, such as your budget, climate, and personal style. It’s also important to consider the practicalities of your driveway, such as the amount of traffic it will receive and the weight of any vehicles parked on it. No matter what material you choose, it’s important to maintain your driveway regularly to ensure it stays in good condition. This includes regular cleaning, sealing, and patching and removing any weeds or debris that may accumulate over time.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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