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best material for driveway votes? paver/brick , asphalt, pavers with ice melt system?

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By the way, asphalt here only needs to be resealed about once every 12 years, assuming the ground and base was compacted properly and there is no wash-out.

For concrete driveways, normally steel reinforcement is used.  (It still won't prevent cracking).
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No mention of location????

There is no "best" if one doesn't know why one is choosing it, nor what area one is choosing it for.

Ice melting systems are useless and a waste of money for areas that don't freeze or don't get the precipitation to freeze.

Asphalt is not good for slopes, or really hot areas.  Plants could grow through too if not treated properly when placed.

Concrete does well for most areas, but will crack with wide temperature changes, even if one is careful about expansion joints.  It can be made decorative with stampings, or with brick or paver trims.  It is much harder to clean if there are oil spills.  Stampings can retain water and other material that will cause faster wear.

Pavers are nice for high end properties in climates that don't get snow, but can be lifted easily by tree-roots.  Still, much easier to re-set if an issue comes up.

Gravel doesn't work well on sloped areas with lots of rainfall as the gravel will move.  It also doesn't work well with deciduous trees as it is much harder to get the leaves and debris out.  It is also harder on the body of the car if the tires throw the gravel.

Packed dirt is good for plows, but it is harder to maintain a flat surface with typical erosion.

Some of the systems that allows grass to grow through, but still fully support the weight of trucks is quite nice; but it does need typical yard care.

For a good balance of durability and maintenance, concrete is a good choice; but it is more expensive than dirt or asphalt.

As with everything in life; it is a matter of balance and trade offs.  If someone is telling you something is "best" they are trying to sell you something for their own profit.
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Pavers and bricks will shift with the frost. Plow and you can take some out of where they belong when they stick up.

Asphalt needs to be recoated every year to remain in good condition. Plowing on this is great as the plow just slides over the surface.

Dirt, it is cheap, simple, and is easy to repair if needed. If the ground is hard plowing is easy. In the spring if the ground has thawed and you must plow it can get rutted.

I like a gravel driveway but it is not fancy and can be muddy at times.
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