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How to choose a driveway surface:

  • A new driveway can significantly improve the appearance of any home, and increase its value but with so many options it can be difficult to pick. This guide will help you weigh up the pros and cons of each type of driveway surface and provide all the relevant information on whether it is the right option for you.

     

    Gravel

    Gravel is a timeless low-cost way to create a driveway which is popular across the UK. There are lots of customisation as they are available in a lot of colours and stone types. 

    They provide natural drainage and allow water to pass through meaning they do not require an expensive drainage system insulation.

     

    Pros:

    -Cost effective

    -No additional drainage 

    -Environmentally friendly

    -Customisation and colours

    -compatible with other garden features such as trees.

     

    Cons:

    -Gravel can shift and look patchy

    -Weeds grow through

    -Uneven surfaces

    -Stones may need to be swept or topped up

     

    Tarmac

    A tarmac driveway is a great option for people wanting a durable, low-maintenance driveway that will last for many years to come. Tarmac driveways are relatively quick and easy to install, require minimal maintenance and are extremely durable and weather-resistant.

     

    Pros:

    -Easy to install 

    -Consistent smooth surface

    -Little maintenance required

     

    Cons:

    -Not environmentally friendly

    -Tree roots may crack or shift the material. 

     

    Resin:

    Resin driveways are made up of a mixture of aggregates (such as gravel, pebbles and stones) and resin (Glue), which is a strong, flexible and waterproof material. The mixture is laid down in layers and then compacted to form a smooth, durable surface. Resin driveways are popular due to their low maintenance and attractive surface.

     

    A resin driveway is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, durable surface for their driveway. Resin driveways are extremely hard-wearing, low maintenance and long-lasting. They are also water resistant and can resist oil and other liquids, making them ideal for areas with a lot of traffic. The range of colours and textures available means that you can create a unique and stylish look for your driveway. If you are looking for a driveway that will last, then a resin driveway is a great choice.

     

    Pros:

    -Low maintenance and require minimal upkeep.

    -Long-lasting, and can withstand heavy traffic.

    -Porous, allowing water to drain away from the surface.

    -Easy to clean and require minimal effort.

    -Customized to your desired colour and design.

     

    Cons:

    -Can be expensive compared to other driveway materials.

    -May be slippery when wet.

    -Require proper installation to ensure longevity.

    -Can be susceptible to UV damage and fading over time

     

    Block/brick paving

    One the UK’s most popular options for a reason. Block-paved driveways are a popular choice because they are durable, low-maintenance, practical and aesthetically pleasing. Allowing for easy maintenance in the future they can be cleaned with a powerwasher and then resealed.

     

    Pros:

    -Block paving is extremely hard-wearing and can last for decades when properly installed and maintained.

    -Block paving requires minimal maintenance and can be power washed or swept with a brush to remove any dirt and debris.

    -Block paving comes in a variety of colours and styles, making it easy to find the perfect style for your home.

    -Easy to repair – Individual blocks can be replaced if they become damaged.

    -Cost-effective – Block paving costs significantly less than other paving materials.

     

    Cons:

     

    -Installation costs – Although block paving is cost-effective, the installation costs can be high.

    -Unsuitable for some climates – Block paving can be affected by extreme weather conditions and may need to be resealed regularly.

    -Unsuitable for steep slopes – Block paving can be difficult to install on steep slopes, as the blocks can slip and slide.

    -Potential for weed growth – If not properly installed, block paving can become a breeding ground for weeds.

     

    Concrete:

    Exactly what it says on the tin.  A driveway that looks like it is made from natural materials, but is actually constructed from concrete. The process involves placing a concrete mix into a special form and then using a roller or stamp to create the desired pattern. After the concrete has been set, the finished product is sealed with a sealant to protect the surface and enhance the look.

     

    Pros:

     

    – Durable and resistant to wear and tear.

    – Low maintenance and easy to clean.

    – Wide variety of patterns and colours to choose from.

    – Flexible installation options.

    – Can be applied to existing concrete surfaces.

    – Can be used to create interesting designs and patterns.

     

    Cons:

     

    – Can be expensive initially.

    – Can be slippery in wet conditions.

    – Difficult to repair if damaged.

    – Can be difficult to remove if necessary.

    – Can be difficult to match existing concrete.

     

    Summary:

    We hope this guide has helped in some way. If you are still at a loss for which driveway is best for your property then we recommend our garden design services to bring you one step closer to your dream home. –

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