Even up close, it's tough to tell that this driveway is paved with asphalt, not with brick.
Using templates as large as 6 x 12 feet, an asphalt contractor applied a pattern to warm, newly-laid pavement. The surface was then sprayed with a colored sealer and brushed with a roller that removes excess material from grout lines and creates a skid-resistant texture.
Although the seal helps the asphalt last longer, a new coating usually needs to be applied every five years or so. The system isn't limited to new pavement: Previously laid asphalt can be rewarmed and treated if it's in good condition.
Two colors were used on the driveway, including a brighter red hue for the border. Colors can be custom-mixed to match most schemes.
Conventional slabs of concrete serve as driveways for most of the homes in this neighborhood. But a grid of 4 x 6-inch New England bluestone dresses up this drive and better harmonizes with the adjacent carriage-style garage doors.
As masonry contractors poured the concrete, they left a 2-inch recess in the grid pattern where stone would fit into the slab. After mortaring the stone in place, they cleaned it with an acid wash and sealed it.
A dressy driveway may not be much more expensive than one paved with conventional asphalt or concrete. The prices below are per square foot; ranges reflect cost differences based on location and/or the exact pavement style chosen.