Do you want a driveway that stands out in a crowd of concrete and asphalt? Do you want a driveway that’s built to last a lifetime? Do you want a driveway that’s easy to repair? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, a cobblestone driveway might be just what you’re looking for!
The History of Cobblestone
Cobblestone has been used for centuries. The ancient Romans were the first to capitalize on its benefits and used cobblestone as pavers for many walkways and roads at the height of the Roman Empire. Because cobblestone has been used for so long, it is a material very familiar to most of us. It’s been studied and experimented with, and in general there is a lot of information and expertise available on this material. As a result, rarely will you have problems with cobblestone that can’t be fixed. Cobblestone is a reliable choice most landscapers can work with and won’t let you down!
In terms of its physical structure, a cobblestone is defined as a rock that has been weatherized so much it forms a small, rounded stone. These rocks once appeared naturally as they were weathered down from giant boulders to much smaller stones. Over time, manufacturers have been able to recreate cobblestone with a variety of colors, textures, and sizes.
Cobblestone Driveways are Cost-Effective
Because of its naturally simplistic structure, cobblestone driveways actually make some of the most cost-effective driveways. Cobblestone driveways can be installed without the use of cement and require only minimal leveling.
Commonly, driveways are a simple layer of cement on top of the ground that serves as the foundation of the pathway before another material like asphalt is installed. This might create a level field for your immediate needs, but can pose problems as the ground shifts and is exposed to varying weather conditions. As the ground contracts or expands based on the temperature, cement may crack. Sometimes these cracks remain internal to the cement structure, but often the stress and pressure of these forces rises to the top of the driveway and creates another crack in the driveway’s exterior surface. This means that the very foundation of your driveway could pose risks and defects that you might not even be aware of!
But because cobblestone driveways don’t use cement, cobblestone driveways don’t crack with changes in weather and are a durable solution. Cobblestone driveways also handle drainage rather well. Again, because cement is not used to level the driveway, cobblestone has a much easier time channeling water during storms. If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rains, consider the benefits of cobblestone driveways.
Cobblestone Driveways are Versatile
Cobblestone is available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and sizes. In fact, you could put two cobblestone driveways beside one another, and they could look completely different. Cobblestone is an ideal material to achieve a sense of uniqueness, not to mention charm. View the photos in our driveway gallery for more ideas.
If you’re looking for a cobblestone driveway in Maryland, contact us today!