The Different Types of Driveways
Are you a new homeowner wondering what type of driveway to install in your new home? Or maybe you have had your home for a while and have decided to change the type of driveway, maybe because the existing one is dilapidated or maybe because you do not like the design.
Let us guide you on some of the types available to you. Don’t worry; we will keep it ABC easy.
There are many advantages of having a proper driveway in your home, ranging from increasing the aesthetic value of your home to making it more beautiful to even making your property more valuable in the market. However, it is likely, as is often the case, that you are not quite certain of the different options that you have when it comes to making the perfect driveway for your home.
Well, worry not. We have put together a list of the different types of driveways that you may consider for your home.
1. Resin Driveways
Finally, consider installing a resin driveway in your home for an amazing experience. Paving driveways are a relatively new type of driveways which are both long lasting, inexpensive and of vast aesthetic value. Resin driveways are water permeable, making them the ideal environmentally friendly choice as they allow for water to be filtered of all contaminants before it flows into its natural course.
There are two types of resin driveways, each with different characteristics and qualities from the other. Resin bound driveways are made by mixing the gravel with resin resulting in a smooth water-permeable surface which is laid as the driveway. Resin bonded driveways, on the other hand, are made by applying the resin on a surface and then placing the gravel on the resin. The resultant surface is impermeable and textured. Both types of resin driveways are cheap to install, very long lasting and attractive to the eye.
For more indepth information regarding resin driveways please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permeable_paving or https://wiki2.org/en/Sustainable_urban_drainage_systems
2. Pattern Imprinted Concrete Drives
Pattern imprinted concrete style of the driveway has become one of the most popular types of the driveway in recent years. Rather than installing plain concrete, homeowners have increasingly opted for the imprinting of different patterns on their driveways and patios to make them look more attractive. This alternative presents them with different options in colour and patterns to choose from. Pattern imprinted concrete driveway is considered as one of the more affordable options, especially for larger driveways. These driveways are also known for being very strong and therefore able to carry heavy weights. They use the traditional material and methods used in making the basic plain concrete driveways and require very little maintenance.
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways; however, present a great challenge when they become worn and call for repair work. They present an unsightly image during the repairing process and the part which is repaired never quite becomes as strong as the older parts. Most homeowners often opt to replace the entire driveway, a process which is highly costly.
3. Gravel Driveway
Gravel Drives’ popularity has risen in the past several years to become a favourite material for driveways in many homes. The main reasons for this are that it is easily and cheaply available and that it is available in many different colours, allowing for different attractive designs. If properly installed, gravel driveways not only look attractive but they also last over a long period. Further, they do not require regular repairs unlike most other types of driveways although they demand constant maintenance.
They are susceptible to weeding, although this can be controlled with a residual weed killer. More importantly, gravel driveways are considered good for security because of the noise that they make as one walks on them.
4. Tarmac Driveway
Being as it is that most roads in the world are made of tarmac, it follows that most driveways would be made of tarmac. Tarmac is best suited for driveways because it can hold heavy loads, it requires little to no maintenance and very long lasting. Tarmac, also known as asphalt, has traditionally been available solely in black. However, recent years have seen a diversification in the number of colours in which tarmac is available. This has presented homeowners with more options in colour to make their driveways look just as attractive as they would like them to.
The greatest downside for tarmac driveways is that they are highly deteriorated by diesel, oil and petrol whenever they pour on the surface. Tarmac is not appropriate to use on driveways as stationary vehicles will once in a while leak grease or oil during repair. It is almost impossible to ensure that the cars and other machines that pass over the driveways are in tip-top conditions and that they do not spill these substances on the surface to avoid deteriorating the driveway. Tarmac is also very expensive to lay.
5. Block and Crazy Paving
Block paving is perhaps the most popular driveway style in the United Kingdom due to its aesthetic appeal and durability. Depending on the types of pavers that you decide to use, block paving is relatively cheaper compared to other types of driveways. Pavers are available in many different colours, allowing the client a variety of choices. Regular cleaning is, however, required to keep the pavers looking fresh and new. Luckily, there are many professional cleaners for pavers who can assist you remove all the moulds, grime, dirt and weeds that may have built up on the driveway. Re-sanding and re-sealing will leave the driveway looking brand new after the cleaning process. In case some of the pavers become worn out, repairing block paving is considerably cheaper than the other types of driveways.
Crazy paving has been out of favour with most homeowners in the United Kingdom for a considerable period in the past. It has, however, been making a comeback in the recent past, attracting the attention of many people. The main reason for this comeback is the fact that it can be environmentally friendly, making use of recycled and pavers and stone. Crazy paving is the best option for the homeowner who would like their driveway to be unique. Using oddly shaped rocks and pavers make sure that no two driveways look the same. It is also easy to maintain and cheaper to repair.
Our take home?
Every type of driveway presents unique advantages to the homeowner. When choosing to get a new driveway installed, it is important to consult with your local dealership to learn the different options available for you. These also need to be in line with the town’s Urban planning department. One of the key issue to consider is the impact of your driveway on the environment. With continuous efforts to get rid of stormwater and runoff, be sure that the driveway your install does not compound this issue. Is it environmental friendly? Is it an appropriate technology? Is it an economically viable option; in terms of the investment used and its value addition to the overall worth of your property today and say in the next 10 years?
Well, some of those questions will guide you in getting the perfect driveway for your property. If you need to contact The Driveway Company with any questions please click the link.
So now that you know the different types of driveways, you are now able to make the right choice for your home. Resin driveways have set themselves apart for having the least amount of disadvantages compared to the advantages. So what are you waiting for? Get a resin driveway for your home, today.