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Types of Driveway Materials, Their Installation, and Maintenance of Driveways

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Picture of a stone driveway.

Picture: stone driveways can be quite attractive.

David Beaulieu

Installing driveways is work best left to the pros. But that doesn't mean you should give up all responsibility for how this new fixture in your landscaping will turn out. As is the case whenever you hire professionals to work on your property, you should begin the process of hiring a contractor by seeking out references. But even before you do that, you need to do your homework on the various options for driveway materials.

Nor should you rely on Web research, alone. For such a highly specialized project, you should interview as many professionals as possible: pick their brains for information. The present article on driveways is in no way intended as a substitute for such interviews; rather, it is meant as a springboard for further research.

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What are the basic types of driveway materials?

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How do you rate cobblestones and other driveway pavers as driveway materials?

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How would you rate asphalt as a driveway material?

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How would you rate concrete as a driveway material?

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What are "tar-and-chip" driveways?

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You've spoken of concrete as a driveway material, so what are "cement" driveways?

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How would you rate stone or crushed gravel as driveway materials?

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What does driveway maintenance entail?

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Which driveway materials allow the option of snow-melting systems?

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What is entailed in asphalt driveway repair and concrete driveway repair?

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I have heard that concrete is a driveway material you must seal. But how often?

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What would you suggest for driveway landscaping?

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For installing driveways, what do homeowners need to consider?

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Installing driveways isn't "do-it-yourself." Any advice on driveway contractors?

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Someone driving by in a truck offers you cheap asphalt paving. Do you take it?

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So how CAN homeowners reduce the cost for asphalt driveways?

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Is installing a driveway gate on a slope a DIY project?

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What is the best way to remove snow from driveways?

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