Driveway Edging Considerations
The main function of driveway edging is to create a border between your asphalt driveway and lawn and or to keep loose stone on a gravel driveway contained. Another use is to channel water to limit erosion on driveways on an incline. Belgian Blocks are the most common material and can be installed in a variety of ways to create something unique. Other options are metal edging and asphalt curbing but do to our location and severity of our winters these types of edging are prone to problems. Four inch granite curbing is the most durable and unique. Many driveways are installed with no edging the lawn grows right up to the edge of the asphalt. Regardless of the type of driveway edging you install, you should choose material that matches the appearance and the décor of your home's exterior and landscape.
Raised Driveway Edging
Raised driveway edging is designed to extend above the height of your driveway and usually creates a better border for protecting both your driveway and lawn.
You can use larger pieces of Belgian block to create beautiful granite driveway edging for your driveway. This type of curbing can be installed with cement joint or without.
An asphalt curb will functionally serve the same purpose as a granite curb, but does not hold up to the abuse of a snow plow as well.
Four inch wide granite curbing come in lengths from two feet long to ten feet long. It has a longer lead time and unfortunately is the most expensive.
Flush Driveway Edging
You can use Belgian block, brick or pavers along your asphalt driveway edges to provide contrasting color that easily identifies the border between your lawn and your driveway. Metal edging also provides a crisp clean line.
If you want to make your driveway edging really noticeable, consider installing two rows of edging material on either side of your driveway. This will create a wider border and also make your driveway stand out more.
For an aesthetically pleasing option that is unique, you can use a stone gutter which can be comprised of Belgian blocks or stone set in concrete with a “u” pattern on both sides of the driveway.
Hopefully this will help you make the decision that is right for you, and as always we invite you to share your comment or suggestions. Please call on our professional staff to provide your with a proposal for you next driveway paving project in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Westport.