When it comes to curb appeal, most of us automatically think about a green lawn, a well-maintained home exterior, and a solid fence, but an old or unpaved driveway can be just as detrimental to your home’s curb appeal as dead grass or peeling paint. If your home’s exterior could use a boost, consider paving or repaving your driveway. While concrete is a versatile and long-lasting paving material, there are many other visually attractive materials to choose from as well:


A common material because of its strength, concrete has been known to hold its form through the most severe events. It is a common paving material because of this as well as the color versatility and design options. Concrete can be stamped, shaped, stained, and dyed to match whatever pattern and color you want.

Interlocking Pavers

Driveway pavers, though sometimes made to look like brick, are made of precast concrete or clay. This paving method is durable because it is more difficult for the individual pavers to become cracked, and repairs can be limited to a very small part of the driveway. Pavers come in a variety of colors and can be placed in a variety of patterns.


Although gravel driveways have a negative reputation for being cheap and difficult to maintain, a properly installed gravel driveway is not actually likely to experience rutting, issues with drainage, escaping gravel, and other common problems. A properly installed gravel solution can be as attractive and functional as any other material.

Contact Home Services Direct, the leading choice for a general contractor in the Chicago area, to learn more about your driveway paving options. We offer free consultations!