How to Choose the Right Material for Your Driveway

When deciding to install a new driveway on your property, there are several things you need to consider...

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When deciding to install a new driveway on your property, there are several things you need to consider. One of the most important is the type of material to use. We understand that most people are absolute beginners when it comes to laying a long-lasting and attractive driveway, which is why we’ve put together the following useful guide so you can benefit from our decades of experience.

We’re going to take a look at the different types of driveway materials, what benefits they have, and whether there are any drawbacks to using them. At the end, you should be in a position to make an informed decision on the best driveway material for you.

Paved Driveways

A paved driveway comprises large paving slabs, typically laid onto a permeable concrete base. The concrete ensures that your new driveway will drain rainwater away effectively, while your choice of paving slabs can add a distinct touch of style to your property. Popular materials include ceramic tiles and stone paving slabs, both of which offer several finishes to choose from. Ceramics tend to be cheaper, while stone paving is more durable, but also more expensive. A paved driveway can normally be installed fairly quickly, though you do need to let the concrete sublayer cure and harden first. Another option for paved driveways is porcelain, which gives a fantastic and luxurious look to any driveway. However, this comes at a cost, with porcelain being one of the most expensive paving materials on the market.

Block Paving Driveways

Block paving differs from paved driveways in a couple of respects. Firstly, the slabs used in block paving are smaller. While this allows you to create intricate and eye-catching patterns, it also increases the installation time. Stone pavers are highly durable and will last for decades. Because of their density, you will need to ensure your driveway has adequate drainage to handle the run-off of rainwater. A better option might be ceramic pavers. Not only are these permeable, providing better drainage than stone pavers, but they are also available in a greater variety of shapes, colours, and finishes. They are also extremely cost-effective compared to other driveway materials.

Resin-bound Driveways

As the name suggests, resin-bound driveways are made up of small pieces of gravel or coloured stone, bound in a clear resin. Since you can pick and choose the stone that goes into the resin mix, you can create a stunning effect in a variety of colours across your driveway. Resin is quick and easy to install and requires little maintenance to keep it in great condition. The main downside is that resin-bound driveways are among the most expensive driveway options.

What’s the Best Driveway Material for You?

Ultimately, the decision on which material to choose for your driveway belongs to you. As this brief guide shows, each material has its pros and cons. The material you favour will depend on which of its qualities is most important to you. Fortunately, help is at hand.

If you’re in need of a new or replacement driveway in Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield, or the surrounding area, get in touch with County Driveways & Patios today. We offer a range of driveway options and an extensive selection of materials, and our experienced team will help you decide on the best driveway solution for you. Call today on 01827 708 009 to see what we can do for you.

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