Top 10 Reasons Pavers Are the Best Driveway Material
1. maximum curb appeal and home value – Don't settle for imitations!
A paver driveway is an investment that adds instant curb appeal and value to your home. A recent survey showed that the majority of decorative, stamped concrete and natural stone driveway owners say they would choose a different material next time, while the vast majority of paver driveway owners say they would choose pavers again. As well, when homeowner planning to replace their driveway in the next five years were asked which material they would prefer to use, more homeowners said they would prefer to install pavers than any other driveway material.
2. Unlimited design options – Choose the perfect style for your home
Unilock offers more than one-hundred different pavers to choose from. The sleek modern look of Umbriano, the elegant natural stone cleft appearance of Richcliff, the casual antiqued look of our popular Brussels Block, and Courtstone which is cast from historic European cobblestones; these are just a few of the options. Explore our range of paver shapes, colors and surface textures to find the perfect style for your design aesthetic. In addition, unlike other driveway materials that require you to choose one style in a single color, the segmental nature of pavers means that you can easily combine complementary colors, shapes and styles to create a customized driveway that is unique to you and your home.
3. Rich colors that last – Choose a material that stands the test of time
Discoloration is a common complaint from owners of natural stone and decorative or stamped concrete driveways, but choosing the right paver can overcome this issue. Years ago, traditional paver driveways were installed in shades of tan and grey, but today there is a wide range of rich colors to choose from with technologies that ensure the color will last. Unilock EnduraColor™ Plus Architectural Finishes offer rich, deep color choices you can’t get anywhere else. Colors like Basalt, Belgian Blue, Burgundy Red, Burnt Clay, Summer Wheat, Autumn Sunset, Midnight Sky and Pebble Taupe. As well, many offer additional surface treatments that help resist staining. Within our EnduraColor line, look for our signature three-color blends. This color blending technology ensures that every stone has a unique look that lends your project an incredibly natural appearance. For more information about EnduraColor, and how this is different from traditional manufacturing methods, click here.
4. Permeable options – Drain water and reduce ice
In an attempt to reduce stormwater runoff and boost the amount of rainwater that is absorbed back into the ground, many municipalities across North America are implementing bylaws that limit the amount of area on private properties that is covered in a non-permeable surface. Driveways take up significant space on the typical residential lot, and most driveway paving materials are non-permeable, meaning that rainwater flows off the surface. Often, this water is directed into storm water drains. In winter, water that remains on the surface of non-permeable driveways like asphalt or concrete, will turn to ice, making the surface slippery. Permeable pavers allow rainwater to flow around them, through the joints and back into the ground. This reduces the strain on storm water systems, feeds vegetation around the driveway and helps reduce the amount of ice that builds up in winter. For homeowners who live in areas where municipal bylaws limit the non-permeable area on properties, converting their driveway to permeable pavers can allow them to install other non-permeable structures on their property, like an addition to their home or a pool.
5. Surface will not spall – Guaranteed
Spalling is the term used to describe a surface failure where the top layer of a product is shed, revealing a surface below that is undesirable in either color or texture. Over time, spalling can cause a natural stone or stamped concrete driveway surface to appear unattractive and patchy.Unlike natural stone and decorative or stamped concrete, Unilock pavers will never spall. Our EnduraColor™ and EnduraColor™ Plus products are manufactured using a face mix technology that permanently unites a base of strong aggregates with concentrated color and finer aggregates. All Unilock products are covered by our fully transferrable, lifetime guarantee.
6. A Properly installed paver driveway will not settle or crack – Hire a great contractor
Pavers are designed to flex with the seasonal freeze-thaw cycles of a northern climate. This is an advantage versus other materials like concrete, that over time can develop unsightly cracks that are difficult to repair. To support this flexible system, significant excavation and the use of special free draining materials are required; it's the quality of this "base" that determines the long term performance of your paver driveway. That's why we recommend hiring an excellent paving contractor for installation.
7. Low maintenance – better joints to keep weeds out
When a proper base is installed there is no soil directly beneath your pavers from which weeds can grow, and your paver driveway will stay even for decades. Maintaining the joints of your paver driveway is also easier than ever. In the past, a simple sand was the only joint material available. It was necessary to replenish this sand regularly to ensure that dirt and weed seeds wouldn't blow in from above and accumulate in the joints. Homeowners today are relieved of this maintenance burden thanks to new sand stabilizer compounds and polymeric joint materials that create a more stable, solid joint. In winter, Unilock pavers are resistant to the de-icing salt that can damage natural stone and concrete driveways. Unlike other driveway materials, a paver driveway doesn't require sealing. Sealing a paver driveway is a purely aesthetic choice for homeowners who have a preference for this shiny look. As well, if a portion of a paver driveway ever needs to be lifted to reach services below, the pavers can easily be put back in place when the work is complete and, unlike an asphalt or concrete driveway, the repair will never be visible.
8. Pavers for walkways, steps and porches – Complement your driveway
With so many paver styles and colors to choose from, it's easy to find a complementary Unilock product to tie your driveway design to walkways, steps and porches. These additions can be made seamlessly, even years before or after your paver driveway is installed.
9. Walls, Pillars, Planters and Steps – Take your driveway from good to great
Vertical features like pillars, planters and decorative walls add visual interest and expanded function to the front of your home but co-ordinating these features with an asphalt or concrete driveway can be a challenge. Unilock offers a wide array of wall products that can be used to build these features and coordinate with your paver driveway. Large or small elevation changes can also be dealt with using Unilock retaining wall and step units.
10. Wide range of prices – Choose a paver to fit your budget
While other materials will offer a set price per square foot, you can expand or trim your paver driveway budget by choosing from our wide range of Unilock pavers. The most budget friendly Unilock pavers are Classic. Available in a variety of traditional paver shapes and colors, Classic products are constructed with the thru-mix technology that was used to manufacture the first pavers. For a few dollars more per square foot, you can choose Unilock EnduraColor™ products. These products use face-mix technology that provides a tighter, smoother surface texture. Unilock EnduraColor Plus Architectural Finishes are our most premium products, with proprietary surface textures and added technologies like EasyClean™ Stain Resistance Technology, an integral surface protection that makes the paver surface easier to clean. To browse the full array of Unilock products, click here.