Depending on the length and size of your driveway, your options for materials are vast. Assuming you don’t live in an HOA community where the material is dictated (and likely aggregate or poured concrete), you can choose from either of those, pavers, gravel, or a crushed stone driveway. The right material depends greatly on your budget and what you want your driveway to look like. Each has their own benefits and drawbacks that you should know before you make a decision on your driveway’s material.
Crushed Stone or Gravel
Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. Gravel occurs naturally through the erosion and weathering of larger rocks. Crushed stone is exactly that – crushed larger stone in a machine called a crusher. Crushed stone is more common for driveways because it’s less expensive, and the angles in the crushed stone are great for traction. Many farms in the Nashville area have a crushed stone driveway. Think of crushed stone as a mainly functional stone whereas gravel is more decorative.
There’s no arguing the beauty of a driveway made with pavers, and there are so many options if you choose pavers. First, you’ll need to choose the material, then a color and pattern for installation. Here are some things you should know about each option:
- Natural stone pavers – natural stone pavers have the biggest variety of shapes and sizes of stones. Homeowners often lay them in either pea gravel, sand, or even cement them in for a driveway. If you have natural stone on your home, this option may be one to consider. It’s among the more expensive driveway options.
- Concrete paving stones – As the name implies, concrete pavers are made from concrete. They come in many colors and styles, some of which can imitate natural stone pavers. Your installation can create an intricate pattern or you can choose all of the same size and color for a less dramatic look.
- Brick pavers – A favorite for many homeowners for it’s neat look and many color and shapes available. Brick pavers allow for similar patterns as concrete pavers and can look dramatic if you choose several contrasting colors and create an intricate pattern.
The Rock Place Can Help
We can help you choose the right material and assist with getting you the right amount for the job. Whether you’re going the DIY route with brick pavers or want a simple crushed stone driveway, or anything in between. Come by our facility at 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna or call (615) 459-9200 to schedule an appointment.