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Good Shells for Driveways

By Lindsey Parker
Pavement isn't your only option for a nice driveway.
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Depending on where you live, you may or may not have seen many shell-based driveways in your life. In the Northeast, shell driveways are familiar, popular alternatives to concrete or stone driveways. Other areas too are bringing in this natural look to their homes and driveways. Three of the most popular shells to use for a driveway are oyster, clam and scallop.

Oyster Shells

Oysters shells break down in a manner that makes them good for vehicular traffic. The shells, once crushed, become compact and durable. Crushed oyster shells also disperse evenly when rolled over by tires, eliminating the large gaps you see with other rocks and materials. Most oyster shells are off-white or gray.

Clam Shells

Clam shells are also a commonly used shell for creating or paving driveways. They are more fragile than oyster shells but still break down well. Whole or crushed clam shells can be used, depending on the desired look. Most clam shells are off-white or yellowish-white.

Scallop Shells

Scallop shell driveways, though popular in many areas, are less common than oyster and clam shell driveways. They too can be used crushed or whole. Most scallop shells come in white, gray or brown varieties.


About the Author


Based in New York City, Lindsey Parker has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her writing has appeared on eHow and Education 4 Everyone. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in education from Pace University.