The Advantages of Belgian Block
James Kurpiel Inc. of Hackensack
If you are considering using pavers for your driveway and want to install the most durable material, your choice should be belgian block, also known as cobblestone pavers. A driveway constructed with belgian block pavers can stand up as well as any other driveway material. They also add a unique and “old world” look and/or appearance to your property, which can really add charm and value to any residential home.
Cobblestone pavers, also referred to as belgian block, are usually composed of pieces of granite, although basalt and other rocks are sometimes utilized as cobblestones when installed. It is a very hard rock and has been used as driveway material for centuries, and many of which have remained in service just as long.
The fact is that concrete driveways do not meet the needs and desires of all homeowners, some of whom often find concrete to be a bland option that does not make their property stand out in their neighborhood. If you want a tough, attractive and unique driveway, it’s hard to beat the benefits of belgian block. Granite is stain resistant, it isn’t affected by weather and it doesn’t crack or split like most other paver materials.
For the property owner who is looking to make their home unique while also increasing its curb appeal, a belgian block driveway may be the solution. They come in a variety of colors, and can be installed in many unique patterns in a way that can match your personality, complement your style, and make your home stand out. Another consideration is that of the many practical benefits that cobblestone paver driveways can provide over concrete driveways.
Here are just a few benefits of cobblestone driveway pavers:
Reclaimed cobblestone pavers are extremely strong and durable. They can withstand the weight of a vehicle over a long period of time without cracking or becoming damaged. Additionally, they can withstand the elements, and will go years without needing replacement in even harsh environments. This longevity and durability of cobblestone pavers can be seen in cobblestone roads around the world that have withstood the test of time, including roads in Europe which are hundreds of years old that are still in use today.
Another benefit of cobblestone pavers is that they can be sealed using a paver sealer to make them resistant against stains. Staining is a common problem with concrete driveways, as oil spills, tire marks, and various leaks from vehicles can easily discolor concrete. With concrete driveways, these stains can be extremely difficult to remove, requiring a great deal of scrubbing to hopefully remove the stain. Fortunately, this is a less likely scenario with cobblestone, as cobblestone driveways are much more difficult to stain once they have been sealed. Additionally, any spills that do occur can be easily removed due to the simplicity of repairing cobblestone paver driveways.
An additional problem with concrete driveways is that they can be extremely difficult to repair. Should a concrete driveway become damaged, cracked, and/or discolored, driveway replacement is usually the only way to return your driveway to its previous look and strength; however, this is not the case with paver driveways. While pavers are extremely durable, should one of your pavers become damaged or stained, the individual paver can be easily removed or replaced. This makes maintaining a cobblestone paver driveway much simpler, easier, and more cost-effective over the long-term. Should your driveway begin to look worn down, replacing individual pavers can return it to its original glory without having to replace your entire driveway.
And, if you like to look of cobblestone pavers but can’t afford a driveway full of them, consider installing a cobblestone apron or border, or a decorative cobblestone inlay in the middle of the driveway. You might also want to consider concrete pavers made to simulate the look of cobblestone.
James Kurpiel Inc / Belgian Block Design and Build Contractor
19 Orchard St. – Hackensack, N.J. 07601 / Toll Free at 1-800-273-9769 / (201) 342-3170