The housing market in Toronto and the GTA is at an all-time high. Many homeowners are looking at ways to either increase the value of their home or increase the beauty and functionality of their home and stay put forever. To achieve either of these goals many people are looking at creating better curb appeal. Whether the driveway is cracked, dull and crumbly, or the homeowner is simply looking for an updated look, the driveway is the perfect place to start.
When deciding on remodeling or constructing a new driveway, many homeowners are faced with the decision of whether to use concrete pavers or traditional asphalt. While the aesthetic appeal of the concrete pavers trump asphalt, many look to understand what some of the other benefits may be.
The Visual Appeal of Pavers
Homeowners in Toronto will be pleasantly surprised to see the large variety of pavers that are perfect for driveway use. Concrete pavers come in so many different colours, patterns, styles, and finishes today, allowing a homeowner to create a driveway that is both unique and well-matched with the architectural style of their home. In the Unilock product line, there’s a large collection of concrete pavers suitable for driveways, ranging in style from traditional to modern.
Durability of Driveway Pavers
While many people feel that asphalt is the perfect material for durability for the driveway, it actually only provides medium strength and often breaks down from traffic and the weight of vehicles over time. The pavers at Unilock offer Ultima™ Concrete Technology, a manufacturing process that creates pavers with up to 4 times the strength of poured concrete, which will allow for heavy traffic loads and a longer-lasting surface. In fact, Unilock offers a Transferrable Lifetime Guarantee on all their concrete pavers and natural stone products; traditional asphalt is no match for that peace of mind.
Flexibility of Driveway Pavers
With the varying temperatures that Toronto residents have been experiencing the last few winters, many people are seeing their asphalt driveways crack. The driveways are cracking due to a lack of flexibility and the constant expanding and contracting, which occurs when the temperature goes from above freezing to below freezing. The flexibility that the installation method of concrete pavers offers allows the pavers to adjust with the freeze/thaw shift, virtually eliminating cracking.
Many people worry that pavers may not be the best choice for Canadian winters, but Unilock pavers can be used in any climate, and they are actually used in many Northern Canadian cities as streets and sidewalks. They really are the perfect pavement system for climates with cold winter and warm summers.
The Maintenance of Driveway Pavers
The maintenance of driveway pavers is actually far easier and more affordable than with standard asphalt driveways. Stains and cracks that occur on asphalt can lead to a costly and time consuming restoration. These types of repairs will, more than likely, have to be done several times throughout the lifetime of the driveway. If a paver does become damaged or stained, the specific paver or pavers would simply be removed and replaced with a new one.
Why Pavers are the Right Choice
Driveway pavers are a beautiful addition to any home in the Toronto area. Unilock offers a wide variety of different colors and patterns that homeowners can choose from, allowing the home to have a unique and one-of a kind driveway. If you are considering having a new interlocking concrete paver driveway installed, take a look at Unilock’s Driveway Project Ideas, visit a Unilock Outdoor Idea Center, or contact a Unilock Authorized Contractor today