Gravel driveways are without doubt one of the most popular choices for driveways and hard landscaping because gravel is comparatively cheap, easy to lay, looks good and is not normally difficult to maintain. Generally, resurfacing your driveway with gravel is a good choice to make but gravel driveways do have some shortcomings and can present problems – seek advice before you make your mind up is our advice. Gravel driveways are not suitable for sloped environments for example and you could be picking pebbles off your lawn indefinitely if you do not include adequate edging.
Our contacts have been laying gravel driveways for years and can provide you with some invaluable advice and/or a very reasonable quotation to get the job done quickly and efficiently should you prefer.
Example of a Gravel Driveway
Gravel driveways have individuality and each one is slightly different due to the large choice in size, texture and colour of the gravel itself. From a practical perspective, your new gravel driveway can add extra security to your property by alerting you to unwelcome guests. In most cases, you can literally hear people approaching and in a world where privacy is becoming valued more and more – a well laid gravel driveway, as well as making your garden look nice and tidy – can be an additional security measure.
A professional will advise you on the best type of gravel to use (according to budget and required effect) and also how to lay it properly should you want to do some of the hard work yourself. If you do decide on doing some of the work yourself, please remember that some DIY jobs stand out as being obvious DIY and there is a reason why there is a demand for builders with experience in gravel driveways. Styling your new gravel driveway to blend in with the overall look of your property is something that would come naturally to somebody who has been laying driveways for many years by way of an example. Our advice therefore when it comes to laying gravel driveways is simple, fill in the form above and let the experts find you.
Gravel Driveway Maintenance
Although there are many upsides to gravel driveways, there are a few downsides that need to be taken into account when considering whether you should or shouldn’t get them installed. Gravel driveways, to state the obvious, consist of gravel – small bits of stone (or pebbles in some cases). If your driveway is sloped, then you may well be heading for trouble if you opt for gravel over say tarmac. Over a period of time, you may well find that your gravel is getting thin at the top and a bit heavy underfoot at the bottom-end. The cause obviously is gravity and IS likely to happen. Gravel driveways require periodic maintenance, even if it is just a ‘rake-over’ every now and again. Occasionally you may have to get the weed-killer out and if you have cars regularly using it – you will need to resurface once in a while. Maintaining gravel driveways normally isn’t too much of a hassle – but if you want your beautiful, new gravel driveway to remain looking its best, regular maintenance is recommended.
Gravel Driveways – Using The Right Type Of Gravel
Gravel driveway with weeds – Laying gravel driveways are easy right? Would you consider that using a course ‘slate mulche’ may be uncomfortable to walk on even though it’s pretty hard wearing. Would you consider that your expensive coloured gravel is likely to break down and crumble over a period of time (especially if regularly driven upon), and your colour scheme will be severley compromised. These are things that a professional will point out before he lays your gravel driveway, giving you time to rethink, before finding out the hard and often expensive way. Although laying gravel driveways isn’t exactly a science – there is a lot involved (if done correctly) and much to consider. Would you know where or when to use self-bonding gravel? Do you even know what it is? If you are looking into gravel driveways as a possible solution for you, fill out our forms and let the experts find you.