Paving, Tiling and Driveways
While your driveway might just seem like access from the road to your house, it can be so much more. An awesome drive is the gateway to your home, providing a smooth ride, impressive views of the house, and can impact the whole feel of the property as you approach. It should invite you in, can increase your available parking spaces, reduce maintenance costs and add to the resell value of your house an wow your guests from the offset!
Other paved areas on your property such as walkways, the car port, or by the pool are equally important. Whether you are looking for concrete, asphalt, brick or stone we can ensure that your paved area has effective drainage, can withstand plenty of traffic, the hot New Zealand sun and the battering conditions we so often receive here in Windy Welly.
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How often do you need to resurface a driveway?
Repaving your drive will depend on a number of factors, from the quality of the original workmanship, the materials used and how well it has been maintained. On average, a well-looked after, quality driveway will last 20 – 25 years. On the other hand, a poorly paved surface may need replacing after as little as five years, costing you more in the long run. It is worth getting it right. Resurfacing every five years can become a very costly exercise. If you start to notice any damage, cracks or potholes it is worth addressing it as soon as possible to prevent further damage or consider repaving the whole area.
Paving Or Tiles?
Tiles, made from ceramic, porcelain or natural stone, can provide a rich contrast to the rest of your garden or outdoor area. Where paving materials are typically concrete, brick or stone, a tiled area can feel warm under your feet and provide colour, patterns and style.
From a durability perspective pavestones tend to win, as they are able to stand arduous weather conditions and heavy usage, where tiles can chip easily and need replacing. However a paved area will require more maintenance, and regular cleaning to prevent them from becoming stained. Outdoor tiles on the other hand are typically very low maintenance and easy to keep clean with a quick sweep or hose down. They also tend to be mould resistant. If well looked after, outdoor tiles can last for many years.
Depending on the type of materials used, the cost of pavers tend to be higher. Natural stone pavers for example can be upwards of $50 per slab. Paving is also more of a costly process to install.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal preference, and the style you are looking to create. If you are feeling even more confused about which materials to choose, we can help! Once we have seen your property and have an in-depth understanding of how you would like to use the area, we’ll be able to assist with such decisions.