In the area where we live both materials are acceptable. I haven't gotten
any estimates yet, but we need to put in a new driveway where none existed
before. Any idea of the approximate difference in cost between the two
It depends on the price of oil, cement, and local labor, right? Last time I
looked (before the most recent spike/fall in oil prices), asphalt drives were
being installed for about $2/sq ft, and concrete ones were easily double that.
That was with minimal prep and no additional material.
I don't think that's going to mean a whole lot for you and your area. Best to
call around and get some local estimates. Keep in mind that contractors can play
games with the PSI of the cement and the depth of the asphalt, so make sure you
are comparing apples to apples. Permit/inspection fees may apply if you are
tying into a public road.
on 4/7/2009 11:49 PM (ET) John Gilmer wrote the following:
...and sinking the gravel into the mud. I had a shale driveway before I
had enough money to pave it. After a while, I had 2x12s laid down to get
to the car doors.when the ground was wet.
Gravel has to be added to regularly. It is also more difficult to remove
snow from it. Can't use a plow nor snowblower.
Actually, you can use a snowblower on a gravel driveway. You have to
drive over the first few inches of snow to get an even base pack, set
the skids on the snowblower to keep it up a couple inches and then only
clear down to the base pack.
BAD IDEA! All it takes is one piece of gravel to get mixed with snow
say by a tire spinning, and it will get tossed a long way.
snow blower will toss snow 5 or 6 feet, a piece of gravel 20 thru
whatever is around..... like a window:(
a old neighbor liked gravel driveways, but tired of mud and needing
he had his dug out deep, 2 inches of low grade asphalt applied on a
thin base, and covered it with a foot of gravel.
must of been 20 plus years ago still looks great today.
Ever mow the grass in the spring after having shoveled snow off a
gravel drive all winter?
As for the runoff, there apparently is "pervious concrete" available
which allows rainwater to enter the ground *through* the concrete; I
find that intriguing but have yet to actually see any IRL or speak
with anyone who has such a driveway installed, so I can't say whether
that has any disadvantages relative to regular concrete or not.
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