As you have probably heard before, curb appeal can definitely make a difference in home values. Curb appeal is what prospective buyers see when they are looking at homes from the front, or from the curb. Homes that are taken care of most typically have better curb appeal. Homes that have manicured landscaping, siding that is in good condition, an appealing front door and so on, have better curb appeal. Another feature of a home that can add to the curb appeal and value to your home is your driveway. As there are multiple options, style will add value to your home in its own way.
An asphalt driveway is one of the least expensive options. Asphalt is a combination of rock, sand and asphalt cement and typically black. If you choose an asphalt driveway, be prepared for ongoing maintenance. Asphalt cracks and crumbles if not properly maintained and should be sealed once a year. They'll also need to be replaced more often than other styles. They are a good choice if you are on a budget and can commit to the maintenance.
A concrete driveway has long been one of the top choices for homeowners. It is long-lasting and requires less maintenance. In an article written by Angela Colley on May 20, 2022 on Realtor.com, 7 Types of Driveways: Do You Have the Right One for Your Home?, "Concrete works best if you're looking for a low-maintenance option and most other homes in your area are already using concrete." One important aspect about concrete to remember is that it can stain. For example, if you leave something metal on it and it rusts, it will stain. Also, an oil spill will stain it. If you live in a climate that gets ice and snow in the winter, some de-icing products can break the concrete down. Concrete driveways will add more value to your home than asphalt driveways or other less costly driveway styles.
Brick or Brick Paver Driveway
Brick or brick paver driveways are typically used in more upscale areas. However, if you live in an area where there aren't a lot of brick driveways, there is nothing stopping you from having one to add to your home's value. In the same article, Colley states, "Brick driveways have a classic feel (and they should - brick was used in ancient times)." Brick is one of the most expensive driveway styles. The timeless feel and character could last for a long time if properly installed. Some like the look of brick paver driveways to match their brick paver front porches and patios.
Cobblestone is another very pricey driveway style. Colley states, "Cobblestone has more of an Old World feel than brick." One of the fabulous features of cobblestone is that it can last for decades even if it has a little wear and tear. A little wear will make it look more timeless. Homeowners who have cobblestone driveways will have higher home values.
Some homeowners prefer loose gravel driveways. These are more common in rural areas that have long driveways. You may not think a gravel driveway needs much maintenance. However, the gravel does need to be replaced every few years. Since the gravel is loose, it gets spread into grass, the street and the like. It needs to be raked often to keep the driveway looking smooth.
All in all, whichever style of driveway you choose to have, it is important to maintain it properly. Even one of the less expensive driveway styles can add value to your home if it is in good condition and looks appealing.