Building Stone Supplier Gives 3 Great Alternatives to Gravel Driveways

Stone paved driveway leading up to rustic home

Most people are content letting their driveway remain the dull, gray crushed gravel or concrete it started as. Which is fine, there is nothing wrong with the simple stone aggregates long associated with driveways, they get the job done, but just aren’t aesthetically very pleasing.

The fact is driveways can come in many different colors and materials, and can add a touch of flair and color to your home that it may lacking. Here are some alternatives to the usual.

Paver Driveway

Looking to boost your home’s curb appeal? Try pavers. These interlocked stones can be cut to specifically fit any situation, and come in various degrees of geometric-designs and colors. Though it may be more expensive than a typical gravel or concrete drive, the maintenance cost is low and it can last 30 or so years.


Brick comes in rich colors and shape, and can really increase the curb appeal and value of your home. It is an elegant choice that is both durable and true eye-candy. Though it can be quite expensive to install, the return far outweighs the initial cost. Also, as long as it is a quality material and is installed correctly, there should little to no maintenance and should last a lifetime.


Yes, shells! Crushed and petrified shell can turn your driveway into a thing of beauty, and are usually quite low in price. They come in three varieties: clam, scallop, and oyster, and range in color from off-white to grays and browns. It is also eco-friendly, allows for outstanding drainage, and can last as long as regular gravel.

For over 70 years Irwin Stone has served the Washington Metro area. If your driveway is in need of a makeover, give it the facelift it deserves.

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