5 Top Reasons to Pave Your Gravel Driveway

Are you sick and tired of your gravel driveway? The team at Capital Paving & Sealcoating is ready to get started on your new surface. If you’ve been considering a change, now’s the time. Take a look at these five reasons to pave your gravel driveway.

Resale Value: This is often a top priority for many homeowners. Whether you plan to sell in the near future or not, paving a gravel driveway will up the resale value. A gravel driveway is unappealing because of the wear and tear it causes to vehicles. Even a short gravel driveway can cause a clean car to become dirty or dusty. Not only does a paved driveway increase curb appeal for passersby, it also offers a more welcoming entrance for family and friends. For these reasons and more, a paved surface is much more attractive to potential homebuyers.

Maintenance: A paved driveway is significantly easier to maintain than a gravel driveway. Gravel is constantly moving and shifting causing divots, mounds, and holes. A paved driveway is essentially trouble-free as long as you clean it twice a year and seal it every two-five years. A well-maintained paved driveway can last 35 years or longer. Daily maintenance involving leaf debris or other storm remnants is also much easier with a paved driveway. You can sweep or blow it off in fifteen minutes or less.

Ice and snow removal: If you live in an area with winter weather, you know how frustrating snow and ice removal can be. Gravel only exacerbates the problem. Once snow and ice have covered the gravel, it’s almost impossible to shovel efficiently. Each time you scoop up a mound of snow, you also scoop up a mound of gravel. This causes ruts that will have to be filled in later. A paved driveway makes snow and ice removal clean, easy and seamless.

Recreation: Paved driveways also offer a place for play and exercise. Kids love riding bikes, scooters and other riding toys up and down a driveway. It’s also a great place for sidewalk chalk, four square and other fun activities that require a safe and flat surface. Basketball goals and courts are also perfect for paved driveways. It’s hard to dribble on gravel. Likewise, adults can use the driveway for exercise or entertaining. If you don’t have a large backyard or a patio area, you set up a grill and lawn chairs on the driveway for a barbeque or family get together.

Aesthetics: Gravel can easily shift and re-position causing it to look messy and dirty. That kind of driveway can negatively affect the aesthetic appeal of a home. One bad rainstorm and the rocks can completely shift causing annoying holes and ruts in the driveway. Merely time itself can cause the gravel to look old and grimy; whereas, a paved driveway will stand the test of time. It’s easy to clean and maintain, and it looks lovely during all seasons and stages of life.

If you’ve been considering paving your gravel driveway, what are you waiting for? While it may seem more expensive on the front end, it will save you significant amounts of money in the long run. Give Capital Paving & Sealcoating a call today, and let’s get started on your new driveway.

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