Driveways can do so much in elevating the curb appeal of a property. This is the main reason why most homeowners dole out money specifically to beautify their driveways.
There are two main choices for driveway materials: concrete and asphalt. Concrete is quite popular among homeowners that want more design options for their driveway because the material is tough, and can be polished and finished in different ways. Likewise, concrete comes in a vast variety of colors.
Asphalt, meanwhile, is greatly preferred by property owners who want driveway material that is easy to maintain and is durable in extremely cold weather. It is worth noting as well that asphalt is a cheaper material and is also a sustainable option because it is 100 percent recyclable.
Between these two options, you may gravitate more toward concrete for your driveway because it can be designed and manipulated more easily to meet aesthetic requirements. But if you want a more cost-effective driveway, high-quality asphalt paving is definitely the choice for you.
Border Options for Asphalt Driveways
It is vital to consider that asphalt can be beautiful, too, especially if you get creative with the borders. There are different kinds of borders that you can go with to make your asphalt driveway visually pleasing. Rounded up below are seven different choices:
This is an affordable border to use for asphalt driveways and it achieves something of a gradient effect when placed beside asphalt because they are from the same color family.
The color contrast is rather pretty especially if the brick separates the asphalt driveway from a lush, green lawn. Installing a brick edging is also relatively easier compared to other kinds of border materials.
How about bringing “old world” appeal to your driveway by using cobblestone as edging? Cobblestone can be installed flat and on the same level as the asphalt driveway, or it can be piled to create a jutting border.
A jutting cobblestone border is particularly nice if there are blooms or hedges growing along the sides of your driveway. It can preserve the edges of the asphalt driveway, which is prone to wear and tear. At the same time, having a jutting border can prevent the aggressive growth of vegetation into the driveway.
4. Lava Rock
If you like the color contrast of brick and asphalt but would like to achieve the same look at a lower cost, red lava rock is a great alternative to brick.
Lava rock is also effective in preventing the overgrowth of grass and weeds into an asphalt driveway. Best of all, since it is loose material like gravel, you can shape it in any way you want.
Are you the “go big or go home” type? Then you will love the look of a boulder border for your asphalt driveway. It is another type of border that can work fabulously in preventing the wear and tear around the edges of an asphalt driveway.
It will cost you some to use big pieces of stone as edging, but the cost will be well worth it. This type of border can be quite visually appealing when done right, and it’s ideal if the driveway is installed a little deeper than the original ground level of the area.
Although this material is the fierce competitor of asphalt for driveways, it can be a good partner for it as well. Colored concrete looks absolutely nice, and if you finish or stamp it a certain way, it can really elevate the look of your asphalt driveway.
Fancy folks can even combine different colors of concrete to achieve a mosaic effect for the driveway border to bring a distinctive appeal to their outdoor space.
7. Broken China
This is a truly creative option for an asphalt driveway border and it’s probably more suitable for short driveways because you will need a lot of broken porcelain dinnerware to fill the area.
However, some people have had lovely success with “planting” broken china on the sides of an asphalt driveway, so think about this option if you want your property to stand out. Using broken china to create a border for your driveway will bring a pop of color and a whimsical character to your curb.
So there – seven border ideas to consider if you will be installing an asphalt driveway in your property. You can take a more creative route as well by combining edging materials such as gravel and cobblestone, lava rock and boulders/river rocks, etc.
Which among these have you tried? Share your experience with us below.
Ron Shattuck Jr. built Shattuck Paving into a trusted, reputable family business. Ron Jr. learned a lot about the industry and the hard work ethic that Ronald Sr. lived by, and has now followed in his father’s shoes to operate the company and help it grow. Today, Shattuck Paving is more determined than ever to serve their customers’ needs with integrity. No compromises!