There are many factors to consider when choosing the right surface for your driveway, to keep it looking and staying attractive and easy to maintain. So here’s a quick guide to help you decide the best option for you and your property…
A big consideration should be the drainage your property has. Especially if you are removing a front garden to install a driveway. The last thing you want is a permanently flooded driveway or home! A permeable material such as Resin bound gravel would be, in our opinion, the most attractive option and the most practical as it absorbs excess water and additional drainage is unnecessary in most cases.
The gravel is sealed together, and comes in a wide variety of colours and aggregates to suit your property.
Gravel is another option in this case, but this is also a messy option, and constant sweeping would definitely not be the hassle free solution!
The traditional way to go for a lot of customers is asphalt (tarmac) which very often is finished with a blocked border to modernise the effect. This option would be cheaper than the resin bound finish, but adequate drainage must be installed to give the surface some run-off in bad weather or puddles will emerge. Tarmac installations across cities have been cited as a number 1 reason for localised flooding.
You will not usually need planning permission to install a driveway, but it may be worth checking before any work commences, especially as local authorities may have their own rules when it comes to preservation areas or listed buildings.
You will need planning permission from the local council for extending or creating a dropped kerb/vehicle access for your property, and a company authorised by the council must carry out the alterations.
Modern block paving looks really attractive, but can be more costly than tarmac, and also takes a lot of skill to lay. Block paving is resilient but may require maintenance, such as a seasonal jet wash to eradicate air born weeds that have congregated, and to bring blocks back to looking fresh!
No matter which option you decide is the one for you, always do your research on the tradesperson you use, or you will pay for it in more ways than one.
Always look for experience, and authentic reviews to validate what they preach and you will soon have the surface for you.
Remember, cheapest driveway surface materials are not always the best.