Homeowners love changing the appearance of their homes, or at least improving the appearance. Keeping up the yard, painting the fences and the house, investing in new siding, installing new windows or entryways – these are all common projects, and the possibilities are endless. The great thing is that many of these projects are affordable, and you can change or improve your home significantly with a moderate investment.
But what about pavement? People often assume this is an aspect of their home’s appearance that they can’t really control – and to a certain extent, they’re right. If it were possible to make good quality pavement in virtually any color, you’d probably see a lot of colored driveways and sidewalks out there.
Or would you? The fact is, black and gray are naturally good colors for pavement. They create an understated feel and allow other areas of the property to jump out. In most cases, a bright green driveway is not actually the best aesthetic choice!
But it would be nice to have some control of the shade and tint if your pavement. Are there really only two choices – the light gray of concrete versus the dark gray/black of asphalt? Or is it possible to control the color in some way?
The simple answer is that concrete is much easier to tint than asphalt. In fact, chances are you’ve been on some concrete lately that you didn’t even know was concrete. Typically, this is done in an understated way – not with bright greens or purples, but with muted earthy tones of brown, tan, beige, even reddish or clay colored concrete. All you have to do is run an image search for tinted concrete, and you’ll see many elegant examples of how concrete can be tinted and installed professionally.
There are probably many examples you won’t see where the job didn’t come out as planned – this is why it’s important to trust your project only to a seasoned and qualified pro.
Asphalt is much more difficult to tint, and although it’s possible to change the shade slightly, you won’t find as much room for different colors in terms of asphalt. People who want greater control over the color of the pavement usually go with concrete, even though it’s the more expensive of the two. Brick pavers are a third option that offer much more control over the color, and also provide unique aesthetic opportunities that look great on many properties.
Working with the right pavement specialist
Pavement contractors who are working on a high level – both in terms of their craft, and in the service aspect of their business – will give you straight information about the color of your pavement and the degree to which it can be altered. Any qualified pro will tell you that concrete allows much more control in terms of color, while your options with asphalt are limited. But with pavement, color is definitely not the most important thing. The structural integrity of the pavement is far more important, and only the most skilled workers should be trusted with the job.