There are many driveway materials from which to choose – in fact, the option keep growing, making is difficult for homeowners to know which ones will last and which ones will be most suitable for their home or business.
Here is a roundup of some of the driveway materials that may be suitable for your property…
Loose driveway materials
In this first category, you will find the likes of gravel, pebbles and shingle, three materials that are cheap to lay and require less ground work preparation that some other substances you may use. They are often popular as they offer excellent drainage but there are some aspects of these three loose materials that put some people off: they will need topping up from time to time and there is also some maintenance required to keep it looking its best. It is also not the best material for laying on a drive that slopes as it can move with heavy rain.
Worth looking at? Yes, in the right circumstances.
Solid ‘in blocks’ driveway materials
The second category consists of materials that are laid in blocks, and consist of both natural and manufactured materials. They also come in different shapes and sizes which is great news for creating patterns and interest to a driveway.
Natural blocks or flags are usually stone, and also come in all shapes and sizes, as well a smooth or textured finishes
Manufactured slabs or paving can be something like concrete and this is where the choice can seem daunting! Manufacturing techniques, colours and ‘stamping patterns’ are all fairly recent inventions, thus opening up a variety of finishes to the customer.
Whichever one you choose – natural or manufactured paving – the choices are endless and the durability and robustness of these products are second-to-none.
Also included in this category are cobbles. Gathering in popularity, this is one of those driveway materials that evoke a feeling of romance into the hard landscaping of any property. Harking back to yesteryear, cobbles suit the exterior of any property. You can opt to have a truly authentic cobbled driveway, with each cobble laid individually (time consuming, therefore budget-bustin’) or you can opt for the cobble paving stones that are laid in squares. The effects of both are brilliant, creating a robust drive but, some people say, cobbles can be slippery in wet conditions.
Worth looking at? Yes, there is something for everybody here
The third and final category are solid surfaces, with driveway materials such as concrete, tarmac and aggregates falling in to this category. This is where the chosen material is laid in one large area; concrete, for example, can be laid in one block and them ‘stamped’ to give the impression of a pattern, similar to the pavers talked about previously.
Worth looking at? Yes, there are some great deals to be had with these materials and they create functional, durable driveways.
There are many pros and cons to these driveway materials and so it is worth looking in to each to see which one suits you best, within your budget!