A gravel driveway is a favourite amongst UK homeowners, mainly due to its affordability and relative ease of maintainenance. Where there is a lot of area to cover, gravel is a cost effective solution and is a common sight in rural areas and where there is a large outside space.
Below are some of the reasons gravel driveways are so popular.
Gravel is an appealing option when trying to cover a large driveway, as it is the cheapest of the available surfaces on the market. It is budget friendly and whilst relatively low cost compared to block paving or concrete. It still invokes memories of luxury with the association of long sweeping driveways seen in period dramas on television.
Whilst a gravel driveway is not maintenance free, it is fairly easy to maintain, through regular sweeping and raking of any surface gravel along with the occassional top up particularly after a windy gust.
Gravel comes in different shapes, sizes and colours (more on that below) and can be used to complement most homes no matter the colour or style of the home’s exterior.
Gravel surprisingly is permeable and allows water to seep through the surface, providing there is good drainage underneath.
Due to the installation process used, a gravel driveway can be laid in a matter of days, without the need to wait for curing or extensive prepping of the existing driveway surface. Even long driveways can be resurfaced with gravel in a short space of time.
Another benefit of a gravel driveway is the noise that it makes as it is being walked on, this is an obvious deterrent to any would be burglars or intruders who would be heard before being seen.
Gravel is available in several different forms:
Gravel offers flexibility in its texture and in its colour and lends itself to complementing many types of brickwork. The more common types of gravel are: Crushed stone, pea gravel, marble chips & 20mm Shingle.
Due the lack of any bonding or curing, gravel can not be considered a stable surface.
Weeds can grow through the gravel and the driveway will need to be regularly weeded or weed killer applied.
Gravel is one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable driveway surfaces. Water can permeate through the gravel, unike other surfaces such as concrete or tarmac.
If there is ice or snowon your driveeay then you will need to sprinkle the affected area with salt.
No as the solid base underneath will ensure your car remains upright, however, if driving at speeed on gravel then you can expect to dislodge some of the gravel stones.
No its not suitable as the gravel will eventually work its way down to the bottom of the drive and beome difficult to navigate over.
When considering the surface for your new driveway, gravel should be an option, particularly if you have a large area to cover and you are concious of the costs per square metre of other driveway surfaces.
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