There is a wide range of driveway finishes and materials available, depending on design tastes, driveway lifespan expectancy or the level of maintenance required. Interlock pavers have grown in popularity among Canadians’ preferences for driveway surfaces. The reason behind this lies with the versatility, durability and longevity that come along with upgrading to this style. And after a long and harsh Canadian winter where temperatures can very well fall under -20 degrees, it is important to have appropriate driveway support.
From a practical point of view, an interlock driveway will survive the occasional salt, sand or other ice melting products. Sidewalks and driveways freeze over rapidly when snow and frozen rain start, and this creates a potentially dangerous situation. To highlight this concern, many municipalities require people to shovel walkways and driveways within hours after a snowfall to help prevent others from injuring themselves. This is exactly why the material used to build the driveway must be strong enough to withstand being cleaned either manually or by power snow removal machines.
When it comes to maintenance, interlocking stone driveways are as low as it gets, and these benefits go beyond winter. Take as a comparison asphalt driveways which require seal coating within the first year after being installed and about every 3 years after that to protect against moisture which can create weak spots and damage the driveway eventually. Interlock stone pavers are not as nearly as needy as that. Aside from the occasional power cleaning and potentially refilling of sand to avoid weeds spurring, this material does not require anything else.
Another appealing trait of interlocking stone driveway during winter is that it can have a heat radiating system installed underneath the surface. This is a great solution as the system can be programmed to start as soon as the first snow falls and continue functioning and melting snowflakes away, avoiding a build up and thus, other dangers associated with that.
While some people would lean more toward asphalt or concrete due to low costs associated with them, at the end of a rough winter, they would have to face either stained or cracked driveways and fixing that up would cost a small fortune. Why not get it right the first time and avoid any unnecessary costs? Interlocks are famous for their durability.
Other benefits which are not necessarily related to particular seasons include the aesthetics side of things. Everyone one of us have at least once walked past an interlocking stone driveway and admired other people’s home curb appeal. With a large selection available of patterns, designs, shapes and colours, the interlocking solution offers the most flexibility and choice while also protecting the actual driveways and the people who use it regularly.