Driveway Alternatives – When Concrete or Asphalt Won’t Do!

by Linden on October 24, 2007

So you’re building a garage or workshop outback and you’re not sure you want to run a concrete or asphalt driveway.

There are number of reasons owners decide against concrete or asphalt. To name a few: cracking, maintenance, expense, aesthetic issues, and drainage.

Believe it or not there are a ton of alternatives. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Twin Concrete Strips
I’ve heard of some pouring 2 foot wide concrete strips. Just drive along the strips.

  • More affordable then doing the entire drive
  • Potential do it yourselfer job
  • Allows for better drainage then a standard drive
  • Susceptible to sinking
Crushed Limestone
Firstly there is gravel, crushed rock, pebble, etc. Most would advice against and lose rock base as it very difficult to maintain for a few reasons:

  • Spreads onto adjacent landscaping and grass
  • Weeds eventually grow through
  • Tracks dust, and dirt into the garage
Crished Limestone Driveway
Pavers Block
Some love the look of pavers block. You can count on it being more expensive then concrete. It can last a lot longer (think about some the cobble stone streets that are hundreds of years old) but it’s only as good as its foundation. Extreme weather will cause more shifting (wet and dry spouts will cause the foundation to shift).

  • Expensive
  • Looks Great
  • Can last a long time
Pavers Block Driveway
Turfstone Pavers
All the benefits of Pavers Block with a greener look.

  • Expensive
  • Looks Great
  • Can last a long time
  • Drains well
TurfStone Pavers Block
Geoblock Geoweb  
High strength interlocking plastic blocks that allow the grass to grow between them.

  • Expensive
  • Looks Green
  • Can Last a long time
  • Drains well
Geoblock / Geoweb
Acid Stained Concrete

  • Can look unreal!
  • Price Range Varies.
  • Looks Great.
Etched Concrete

As you can see, if you are building out back and want to maintain that green look you have a lot of options. If maintaining that grassy look isn’t your number one priority Pavers Block or Acid Stained concrete can look unreal!

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John in VA November 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

I have a long driveway to my detached garage. I restore vintage motorcycles, so I need a surface that packed down well since asphalt and concrete would be too expensive right now. I had 100 tons of crush and run laid down for around $1600. It has packed down really well, drainage is good, and I can ride on it with the motorcycles although you can’t be stupid and treat it like it’s a hard surface.

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