Gravel Or Asphalt? Exploring Driveway Options

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As a homeowner, you have many options for surfacing the driveway. It depends on which style best suits your individual needs and preferences. Both options of gravel and asphalt have advantages and disadvantages.


Gravel is a popular choice because it is easily installed and can be used as soon as it is dumped in the driveway.  The cost of having gravel is low especially if you have a long driveway, but maintenance will be required, and that can become expensive. You can also choose from various colors.

You have many options for style with gravel. You can enhance the beauty and individuality of your home and exterior landscaping. Whether you want a modern scene or a more rustic appearance, it can be obtained easily.

It might not be a good idea if you live in a climate that receives a lot of snow. Gravel can sink as time passes because of changes including snow and rain. You might need to fill in more gravel several times during the year to prevent unsightly and dangerous ruts.

The material is eco-friendly since it allows ground water to replenish the surface.

You can use sand or salt on the surface to prevent falling on ice from the gravel since ice and snow removal is more difficult with gravel.

Owning a gravel driveway can be a dirty process, especially during the summer time when it is dry. The debris will fly and possibly cause the home's exterior to need frequent cleaning.


For colder climates, residential paving asphalt is a popular decision because the material is more pliable. The snow will easily melt since its black surface will retain the heat.

One disadvantage is you must seal the asphalt depending on the climate where you are located. It is recommended to seal it every three to four years if you live in a moderate climate. However, if you are in an area where the summers reach temperatures over 100 and have freezing in the winter, it may require sealing every one or two years.

Take care, and do maintenance on the driveway as it is needed, and it will not need a lot of extra care. An asphalt driveway can last as many as twelve to thirty-five years, depending on your location.

Many factors must be considered before you make the choice of driveway materials. A lot of it depends on the climate and how much hot or cold weather is experienced in your area.