What material is best for my driveway?
A driveway is not just a beautiful introduction to your home – it also needs to be a robust surface for the daily comings and goings of your household. So, when selecting a material for your new driveway, it’s all about getting the balance right between aesthetics and functionality.
With so many driveway materials to choose from, picking out the right one can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy article which covers the main pros and cons of popular driveway materials.
Which material is best for my driveway?
A timeless and high-strength option for driveways, there are many reasons why concrete has enjoyed unwavering popularity as a go-to driveway material. Firstly, concrete is known for its durability and strength, which makes it ideal for withstanding heavy vehicle movement and parking. It’s also quick and easy to install, not to mention being a very cost-effective option for those on a budget. The lifespan of concrete driveways can reach up to 30 years before replacement is needed.
The main drawback of a concrete driveway is that it’s not always the most pleasing to the eye, unless you opt to colour it, so those searching for a more decorative approach may wish to consider other options.
For a stunning, textured look that is sure to impress guests, decorative gravel is the way to go. With various stone colours and sizes available, gravel allows you to introduce natural hues and a more homey aesthetic to your driveway. It also perfectly complements other outdoor features such as trees, lawns and flowerbeds – really elevating the overall first impression of your property. It is also relatively low cost when compared with some other materials, and boasts superb longevity as it can be easily replenished as and when required.
Despite consisting of loose stone, gravel is surprisingly sturdy – though as stones can scatter when driven over, a little more sweeping and maintenance will be required over other material types. This will also be useful to prevent potholes or water collection.
For a simple, more low-budget option, asphalt is a trustworthy choice. It’s especially useful if you need to cover a large area, and can be a quick-setting, cost-effective option for bigger surfaces.
However it requires slightly more maintenance than concrete, for example, as cracks sometimes appear more readily due to wear and tear – this also means it tends to have lower longevity than concrete. The appearance of asphalt may also not be to everyone’s taste, as it does not have the aesthetic pull of other driveway materials.
There is great versatility in pattern and look with block paving, as the blocks can be arranged in a variety of layouts to suit your aesthetic desires. This makes it both an attractive and sturdy option for a driveway, with an easy-to-lay quality that stems from the uniform nature of the blocks themselves. What’s more, if damage occurs, it’s easy to individually replace damaged blocks rather than lift up the entire driveway. Different sizes, colours and materials are available for block paving, allowing for an element of customisation to bring your property to life.
Maintenance will be required to keep it looking its best, which includes weeding and moss removal between blocks. It’s also worth ensuring that you lay a high-performance sub-base to prevent sinking and to enhance permeability – the incorporation of these bases may add to the cost.
Searching for premium-quality materials for your driveway? The team at Naybur Bros are a leading provider of block paving, concrete, cement, decorative gravel and many other landscaping materials. We serve our local area of Potters Bar, Enfield and Barnet – simply get in touch today to discover more about our products.