Asphalt Paving Alternatives

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Asphalt Paving Alternatives
Many alternatives to asphalt paving are attractive and affordable. (asphalt image by AGphotographer from

If you are ready to repave cracked or broken asphalt or cover an area to create a new driveway, there are many alternatives to asphalt paving that look great, are easy to install and cost less. The alternatives to asphalt paving are often more organic in appearance, and allow you more freedom to personalise details, such as colour, texture and style.

Concrete Paving

Concrete is perhaps the most widely-used alternative to asphalt paving, as this material is more flexible and can withstand the elements better than asphalt. Where asphalt is dependent on crude oil for its production and binding agent, concrete is a mixture of readily available sand, rock and Portland cement---the bonding agent. Concrete also is easier to pave, as it is applied in a single layer, using a mix designed to meet a specific load capacity. Concrete also can last up to 50 years and is available in almost any colour.

Gravel & Mulch

Pathways made of gravel or mulch are attractive, all-natural alternatives to asphalt paving. They tend to create a more cohesive look with yards, flower beds and other landscaped areas. Mulch and gravel are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colours. These natural materials also retain water better than asphalt and often cost less to install.

Stone & Cobbles

Natural stones and custom-cut cobbles are a great alternative to asphalt paving, if you are going for an elegant or traditional look. Moulded bricks, tumbled cobbles or saw-cut natural stone slates, arranged neatly, add depth to walkways and driveways; however, they may be more expensive to install and maintain than conventional asphalt paving. Stone offers more freedom in designing pathways, while traditional asphalt driveways have a limited number of paver pattern combinations.

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