I'm going to have to think about replacing my poorly installed gravel driveway sometime in the near future, and need to figure out which way to go.
I e-mailed a local contractor who does StreetPrint stamped asphalt as well as Oil and Chip to get an idea of the cost, and also to ask if there are some finished installations in the neighborhood I can look at up close. I'd assume he also does straight asphalt.
Real stone or brick is going to be too expensive. Stamped concrete makes me nervous due to cracking problems, though I'm told that a properly installed concrete drive over 6" of compacted base material should hold up well.
I also saw some pictures of Oil and Chip drives, which are apparently stones pressed into asphalt to give the look of gravel.
I don't mind my old crushed stone drive, except that I don't think it was properly installed, and I think the stone was put on too thickly, because it shifts around. Picking it out of the lawn and beds is not too much of a problem, but snow removal is a pain, as is keeping it free of weeds and accumulating debris. Otherwise, it has a charming, if messy, look, and a satisfying crunch when I walk on it. My neighbor, the landscape contractor, says he can pull off the crushed stone, re-do the base, and reapply the stone properly for a reasonable sum.
Any advice or experience to share would be appreciated. House and garage are old brick.