Most of us have driveways and they are a key part of our aesthetic to our property landscape. You have lots of choices when you are thinking of what driveway to have near your property. Whether it is a brand new driveway or updating a tired old one, there are a few choices you should consider first.
A driveway doesn’t have to just be somewhere to park your car, it can be useful for a number of reasons. You need to also think about what driveway will suit your home. Will it be a straight driveway or a curved one? Which colour will you choose for your driveway? You can choose different colours and patterning to determine different areas of your garden and show a definite line of where the driveway is. All of these are important points and will determine which materials you will choose for your driveway.
- Loose slate driveways can look attractive but are very expensive and this is not ideal for heavy traffic areas either.
- Gravel driveways are relatively cheap to install. It is also great for someone that would like to know if anyone is coming to their property, as you will hear them, so a good prevention for burglaries. It is quite time consuming to maintain though as weeds will grow through eventually.
- Herringbone brick paved driveways are very strong driveway and will last. Crazy paving is pieces of broken paving that you arrange to fit your driveway. They can also attract moss and algae and sometimes grass too. This means cleaning and spraying of weeds etc on a regular basis is a must.
- Double slabbed driveways are relatively easy to install. They can be used with different coloured slabs but again weeds and such like can grow through so not maintenance free.
- According to Jim from West Yorkshire Resin Driveways “Resin bound driveways are becoming more popular. They come in a wide range of colours and flexibility. They are easy to maintain compare to some of the other options. They are also water porous.”
- Rubber pavement is a slip resistant driveway which is literally maintenance free. It has a wide variety of colours to choose from to compliment your home, it is very durable and has free draining. This is not one of the cheaper options, but it will be an investment for your home that will last a very long time.
- Tarmac driveways are good if you have a budget in mind. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have a wide colour choice and will decline quicker than other options, as it reacts to the elements.
- Concrete driveways are relatively cheap for the materials but not the actual installation of it. There are not a wide range of colours to choose from and it is a permanent fixture.
Whatever driveway choice you pick for your driveway it has to compliment your home and it has to be the right one for your personal life. If you are extremely busy and want something easy to maintain then this will help you make your choice.