A beautiful, well-maintained driveway increases curb appeal and adds value to your property. It's the first thing people see when they drive by or visit your home. Our real estate agents know that a buyer's first impression has a big impact on a sale.
If your driveway has cracks, holes, or uneven pavement, it may be time for an upgrade. A damaged driveway can pose safety hazards and give your home a neglected appearance. Upgrading your driveway can give your home a fresh, new look with added curb appeal that will impress buyers looking for Cedar Rapids homes for sale. Take a look at popular driveway materials to consider for your driveway upgrade:
- Concrete and Asphalt
Concrete and asphalt driveways are usually less expensive because they are easier and faster to install, but don't expect complex designs and patterns. These pavements come in basic colors like white, grey, black, brown, tan, and terracotta. You can also opt for permeable concrete or asphalt made with aggregate materials that allow water to pass through. Concrete is a popular choice because it can last up to 50 years, and it's practically maintenance-free when sealed.
- Crushed Stone and Gravel
Crushed stone and gravel come in various colors and provide a low-cost, sturdy option for a driveway. Major advantages include simple, affordable installation and easy configuration. Although these materials do have a utilitarian appeal, they can be quite stately or elegant when the right colors or textures are used and/or are combined with other materials used for borders or edging. Crushed stone and gravel are perfect for curved or winding driveways on large or rural properties.
Brick driveways add classic appeal to any home, especially traditional and ranch-style properties. Brick works well for driveways because it's strong and impervious to most weather conditions. Bricks and brick pavers are available in various colors, including red, yellow, tan, gray, and brown, to complement traditional and contemporary homes. Brick pavers are preferred for driveways because they are thinner and lighter than full-size bricks but offer strength and size variety.
- Cobblestone Pavers
Cobblestone pavers have been used for centuries to enhance the classic, old-world charm. Cobblestone streets are still found in many European cities that date back centuries because cobblestone pavers are extremely durable and weather resistant. Cobblestone pavers come in many colors, shapes, and sizes that complement different home styles. Cobblestone pavers usually work best for shorter, straighter driveways.
- Block Pavers
Block pavers are usually made from molded concrete blocks, clay bricks, or natural stones. They are durable, easy to maintain, and easy to install over a sand base. Concrete pavers are long-lasting and come in various colors, textures, and finishes, but they can fade without a sealant. Clay pavers and natural stone pavers will not fade, but natural stones are usually more expensive. A sealer will give them added protection.
- Etching, Staining, and Stamping
Etching, staining, and stamping are processes that are often regarded as concrete enhancements. Stamping involves pressing patterns into wet concrete to give it a texture or pattern. Acid etching and acid stain are often used on concrete driveways to mimic the look of wood or stone. These types of treatments are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance. If you have a concrete driveway, you can use etching, staining, and stamping to upgrade your driveway's appearance.
Our team is here to help you with tips on how to improve your curb appeal. Plus, if you're considering buying or selling a home in the Cedar Rapids area, contact us for information on available properties and prices that meet your needs.