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Contractor for driveway repaving

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Joined: May 28 2003

Does anyone have a recommendation for a contractor for driveway repaving? I live in Palo Alto.

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Joined: May 28 2003

I can be reached at gornish@alum.mit.edu.

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Joined: Jul 1 2003

I'm not sure whether "repaving" is different than than "re-doing" your diveway (i.e., removing old concrete and installating new or something less drastic).
Our drivway has a major crack along a half-width that was unsuccesfully repair (cracked again). My wife, who thinks saving money is depriving yourself, would like to "re-do" our 30-year old concrete driveway with "pavers" and integrate a walking area into the house - - - pavers are relatively new, and the best way to describe it is to say it looks like a laid brick outdoor floor. Most people choose a pattern but my wife says no pattern is best looking.
The advantage is supposely no cracking (laid on compacted sand that provides expansion/contraction), and costs the same or less than concrete. The cons are that it's new (no 20-year history) and it looks different. Other say they are not convinced that it will hold up to 30-year use and abuse and also say concrete is still the standard material.
In any event, I thought I point out pavers to you as an option.

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Joined: Aug 28 2003

I think concrete looks better but keep in mind that you can add colored powders to concrete to get a variety of subtle shades. We used a taupe brown powder in the concrete when we re-did our driveway and it looks great with the front landscaping--IMHO

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