Pavers are the elite-level solution for driveway upgrades, coming in a dazzling variety of materials, shapes, colors, and sizes. The design possibilities are limited only by imagination and, of course, budget. Some of the clay, brick, and natural stone pavers can drive costs well north of $50 per square foot. Permeable pavers are appreciated by eco-conscious homeowners, as these allow rainwater to soak through into the ground, irrigate the lawn, and ease the burden on municipal sewer systems. Paver installations are generally not as long-lived as gravel or concrete but have the nice feature of modularity. Cracked pieces can usually be replaced individually.
As with other home improvements, ROI is in part a function of the scale and cost of a driveway project in relation to the overall value of the house. That said, it’s hard to put a dollar value on outstanding curb appeal that makes a home stand out and draw more prospects with higher offers and faster sales. If your driveway is feeling too small, if it’s looking worse for wear, or just doesn’t please you, an upgrade is worth looking into.