If you are ready to repair cracked or broken asphalt or cover an area to create a new path, there are many alternatives to asphalt paving look great, they are easy to install and cost less. Alternatives to asphalt paving are often more organic in appearance and allows more freedom to customize details such as color, texture and style.
Concrete is perhaps the most widely used alternative to asphalt paving, as this material is more flexible and can withstand the elements over asphalt. Where the asphalt is dependent on crude oil for production and binder, concrete is a mixture of sand available, rock and cement — the bonding agent. Concrete is also easier to prepare, as applied in a single layer using a mixture designed to meet specific load capacity. Concrete also can last up to 50 years and is available in almost any color.
Gravel and more
Gravel roads or mulch are attractive alternatives, natural asphalt paving. They tend to create a more cohesive look with patios, planters and other green areas. Mulch and gravel are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. These natural materials also retain water better than asphalt and often cost less to install.
Stone and pavers
Natural stones and custom cut pavers are a great alternative to asphalt pavement, if you go for an elegant or traditional look. Molded bricks, shot falls or natural stone slates cut, arranged, add depth to sidewalks and driveways; however, it may be more expensive to install and maintain than conventional asphalt pavement. Stone offers more freedom in the design of roads; traditional asphalt roads have a limited number of combinations of pattern paver.