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Luxury Driveways: Unique Additions You Can Make To Your Driveway Paving That Are Both Functional And Interesting

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If you are paving your driveway for the first time or you are re-paving your driveway, you might be wondering what you could add to it to make your driveway more interesting. Perhaps you also want some features that are as functional as they are interesting. Either way, you should be able to find a paving contractor (such as one from Branche Industries) who can help you install one or more of the following features in your driveway. 

Speed Bumps

The purpose of speed bumps is to remind drivers to slow down. If you install a speed bump in your driveway, it not only teaches your teenage drivers how to mind their feet on the accelerators but also gives your vehicles something to prevent them from rolling away. In the event that a younger child plays with the shift in the car and puts it in reverse, a large speed bump resting behind your car's front wheels will help prevent it from rolling backward down the driveway. Ergo, installing a speed bump in your driveway is not only functional and useful, it is also quite interesting to see this feature sticking up out of the pavement in what is a normally flat surface.

Anti-Ice Devices

Concrete, cement, asphalt and stone all collect heat and retain it. Unfortunately in winter, there is no way to gather enough warmth from the sun to melt the troublesome ice that causes driveway slips, falls, and accidents. If you are willing to spend the money, you can have a paving contractor install anti-ice devices within your driveway's slabs. When you turn the devices on, they heat the driveway and continue to exude enough heat that it can melt the ice sitting on top of it. Unfortunately, you will still need to clear all of the snow off your driveway before you can melt the ice. (You could also prevent ice and snow buildup by turning the devices on as soon as the cold weather and precipitation begin.)

French Drains for Elevated Driveways or Driveways on a Hill

If your driveway goes uphill or if it is built up from underneath such that it is elevated off the ground for some reason (e.g., you live in a wet, marshy area), then you may want to consider installing French drains that run alongside your driveway. Since French drains use some of the same gravel that is commonly used as a base layer underneath driveways, it is simple enough to dig the trenches, bury the pipes with the extra gravel from the driveway, and cover it with dirt. Any rain, water, wastewater (from washing your vehicles), melted ice and melted snow slips down over the edges of your driveway, through the ground and into the French drains, which carry it all away to the foot of your driveway where it is expelled.