How to Pick Stones to Pave a Driveway

Your driveway is the first thing visitors see when approaching your home. A nice driveway not only looks good, it increases the curb appeal and value of your home. Therefore, it is important to do your research when deciding how you want your driveway to look. Branch out from basic concrete and pave your driveway with stone. Here's how to pick stones to pave your driveway.

Instructions

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      Determine your budget. Know how much stone you will need for your driveway so you can figure out how much each type of stone will run you. Your stone needs to be four to 6 inches thick for a driveway.

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      Research what type of stone is readily available in your area. If you choose a stone that is hard to come by, you are going to pay a lot more than picking a stone that is common to your area.

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      Consider the look of your house and current landscaping. You want your driveway to compliment your home. If you have stone on your house, consider using that same type of stone, or stone in a similar color on the driveway for a uniform look.

    • 4

      Use crushed, gray rock, lava rock or gravel to pave your driveway. It packs down well and won't end up all over your yard.

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      Consult with a professional. Get their opinion on what type of stone would work best given your land conditions, overall home style and size of your driveway.

Tips & Warnings

  • Loose stone is one of the least expensive options when it comes to driveways. A great option for budget conscious homeowners.

  • River rock, while attractive, does not pack down well, so it is not a good choice for a driveway.

  • Unless you know what you are doing, hire a professional to pave your driveway.

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