How To Choose The Right Driveway Material For You
Making the best choice amongst the various drive surfacing options
There was a time when it seemed only concrete or tarmac was possible as a driveway surface. That’s all changed now of course with various options available including block paving and the versatile and hard wearing resin.
Which is best for you?
Your budget may govern your decision of course, but then so may your circumstances.
Once you’ve decided which is right for you then the services of experienced driveway installers should be sought; a local search such as – for example – ‘driveways Chelmsford’ if you’re in this area of Essex should yield a suitable company.
A look at the popular surfaces:
Time honoured but still a sound choice; tarmac offers the following:
- Relatively inexpensive
- Low maintenance
- Weather resistant
- Quick and easy to install
It’s also worth bearing in mind tarmac isn’t only available in black; choose from other colours for a bit of variety.
If you need a quick, durable and reasonably cheap driveway solution tarmac still has a lot to offer. Certainly for a basic parking area it may be the most sensible choice of all.
A great choice balancing value for money with appearance and longevity, resin driveways are available in a multitude of colours and finishes so you can really personalise your homes’ exterior.
Resinbound is a mixture of aggregates such as granite and shingle mixed with a polyurethane resin that, once hardened off, provides a stylish yet very durable surface.
It offers various benefits:
- Resistant to spillages including oil and fuel
- Non slip
- Resists weeds
- Permeable surface – water runs through and is absorbed naturally into the ground
- Flexible so can be installed in difficult shaped areas
- Won’t fade over time
A popular choice that gives a property exterior an upmarket feel and, because of the choices of colours and stone patterning options, can be personalised to your requirements. It’s generally the most expensive driveway option and takes the longest to install.
- Attractive appearance
- Durable – will last years despite heavy use and resists weather extremes
- Can be installed to provide efficient water drainage
- Low maintenance – an occasional sweep is all it needs
Still a popular choice, gravel conjures up positive images of the ‘scrunch’ of car tyres and country home scenes.
Gravel makes for a sensible choice for long driveways that would cost considerable sums to surface with, say, block paving or even tarmac over larger areas.
On the other hand, gravel does require a bit more maintenance than other types – at the least there would be sweeping and ‘reorganising’ it after extended use by vehicles running on and off it.
Gravel does offer certain benefits:
- Lower cost driveway option – appealing for surfacing longer driveways
- Cost effective maintenance (usually just means more gravel compared to perhaps replacing areas of tarmac or some block paving)
- Long lasting
- Attractive – a gravel drive in good order looks appealing
Assessing your needs
There are benefits to all the popular driveway choices and, as mentioned earlier, cost may be a factor in your final decision. A top class driveway can do wonders for your home’s fabled ‘kerb appeal’ if you’re thinking of selling at some point.
Take the time to look at a few driveways when you’re out and about and discuss your requirements with your driveway installer if you’re not entirely sure; a reputable company will be pleased to help you choose the best option.