You were able to complete all of your interior projects on your list, and now your husband is certain that it is time to start making improvements to the exterior. He has a list of projects that he would like to tackle, but the top thing on the list is to start with driveway pavers that match the brick on the house. He has seen them used in some of the more expensive neighborhoods in the area, and he thinks that they will work well on the long drive that you have leading up to your three car garage.
Many of the neighbors still have asphalt paving on their drives, but it you switched to poured concrete years ago. The other exterior projects that your husband wants to tackle include landscaping and they will be better tackled next year, so driveway pavers it is. The decision to complete the work himself or to contract the task to one of the local paving contractors was not any easy one to make. In the end, however, you were able to convince your husband that he should hire the contractors.
You came out on top of the discussion because you explained to your husband that you did not tackle the inside work yourself, so he should not try to do his own work on the outside.
Brick Pavers and Other Touches Add to the Curb Appeal of Any Property
Although you cannot judge a book by its cover, there are plenty of people who make a decision about whether or not to read a book purely based on how it looks from the outside. Likewise, there are many people who make a decision about a house simply based on its curb appeal. For this reason, it is important to know that how your home looks on the outside will play an important role in the value of your property.
Consider some of these facts and figures about some of the most popular products that paving and concrete companies offer and the impact that they have on the nation’s economy, as well as the environment:
- 18 billion tons of asphalt pavement cover the roads of America.
- In a 30 year analysis, concrete was found to cost nearly 50% less than an equivalently designed asphalt pavement, according to the American Concrete Pavement Association.
- 90% of parking areas in the U.S. are surfaced with asphalt pavement.
- The U.S. paving industry employed 284,626 people at 195,603 businesses in the year 2017.
- By safely using tires for fuel in production facilities, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the cement industry diverts about 53 million tires from the waste stream.
- 79 million tons of recycled materials, mostly recycled asphalt roofing shingles and reclaimed asphalt pavement, were put to use in new asphalt pavements in 2016.
From driveway pavers to concrete sealers it is important to make sure that you make the outside of your home look as great on the outside as it does on the inside.