6 WAYS TO DRIVEWAYS – Home & Wealth Newsletter
1. Gravel. Loose stones come in different sizes and colors, make the least expensive surface, and allow water to drain into the soil. Water runoff, traffic, and plowing will move it around, so it may need annual touch ups.
2. Tar & Gravel. Also called surface treatment or double shot, this looks like gravel but the tar helps hold it in place. You need new stone every 7 to 10 years to keep the gravel color.
3. Asphalt. This is the least expensive solid surface driveway and great for kids to play on. But you have to re-seal it every few years, especially in northern climates, to keep water from getting into crevices and freezing.
4. Concrete. This needs less maintenance than asphalt and offers interesting options. The least expensive is installed as slabs with expansion joints to minimize cracking. Exposed aggregate concrete costs more and features a rough gravel surface. Decorative concrete comes in many different colors and stamped patterns and costs the most.
5. Concrete pavers. There are many styles and colors, from bricks to squares to octagonal patterns. The cost is similar to decorative concrete but individual pavers are easily repaired.
6. Natural stone. Cobblestones, Belgian blocks, and slate paving are beautiful, but expensive.
If you’re looking to drive up to your first home, a larger one, or a downsize, we can help you with the financing. We’re happy to answer any questions, whenever you’re ready to take advantage of the opportunities in today’s housing market. We can also help with refinancing your current home or funding home improvements. Please call or email us any time. We’re always here for you… Have a great day!
P.S.: Mortgage rates remain at historically attractive levels. When buying or refinancing, it’s smart to start the process early. Please call or email us to explore the appealing options available now.
Orson B.Klender, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs
38 High Rock Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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