Written by Charles Peacock
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Most homes begin and end with a driveway. It's how you get in, it's how you get out, and it's (somewhat unfortunately) one of the most prominent features of the front of your property. You might think there isn't much you can do to make a driveway look pretty, other than surrounding it with attractive landscaping. In fact, there are quite a few surprising possibilities when it comes to paving your driveway.

Beyond Asphalt

Asphalt is by far the most common option for paving your driveway. It's easy to put down and it's relatively inexpensive, which is why it is such a popular option. Asphalt, however, just doesn't look that great. It also tends to crumble and develop potholes if it's not properly drained.

Concrete driveways have always been around, but until recently they've been just about as boring-looking as asphalt. In recent years, however, pavers and masons have begun experimenting more and more with stamped concrete driveways. Stamped concrete allows you to create the look of a driveway paved with individual stones instead of just one big fat slab of concrete.

The neat thing about stamped concrete is that there are all sorts of patterns you can choose from. You can get large stone patterns, cobblestone patterns and even brick patterns. There is one thing to keep in mind before installing a stamped concrete driveway, however: they are intended to have an uneven surface, so make sure you test one out and see if you like it before you get your own!

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