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Different Types of Home Driveways

by Chris Kervin on Jun 15, 2016

There are a number of different types of driveways, and countless styles and colours to choose from. Whether you are installing a new driveway, or perhaps replacing your current drive, it is important you choose the correct drive for your needs and requirements.

Some drives are better at supporting the weight of vehicles, whilst others match the style of your home, and some drives require minimal maintenance. Below we will explore some of the most popular driveway types.

Concrete Driveways

Whilst there has been a drop in the popularity of plain concrete driveways in recent years, many people have started installing a new type of driveway, known as pattern imprinted concrete. This process uses the same base material, but the end result is very different from plain concrete.

There are a wide range of patterns and styles to choose from, and almost any colour can be used. This makes pattern imprinted concrete one of the most customisable driveway types.

Concrete driveways are extremely hard-wearing, and can easily take heavy loads, such as vehicles. If repairs are required, they are often expensive and difficult to carry out. Concrete driveways are very low maintenance.

Block Paved Driveways

One of the most common materials used in driveways, paths, and patios are blocked pavers. There are several reasons why block paving is a popular option amongst homeowners, including the long lifespan and the aesthetically appealing finish. There are a number of different colours and designs available, making it suitable for almost any property.

It is a low maintenance driveway, but does require some cleaning. Cleaning normally involves the removal of weeds, dirt, grime, and mold from the paving bricks. After cleaning, the driveway is re-sealed, which locks in the fresh colours and protects against the weather.

Tarmac Driveways

Tarmac is one of the most commonly used road surfaces, which makes it the perfect surface for driveways. Many tarmac driveways incorporate other driveway types, such as block paving or concrete borders.

Tarmac is an affordable solution and requires very little maintenance. Unfortunately, oil and petrol can break down tarmac over time, so it is important that spills and leaks are cleaned up, or a drip tray is used.

Despite its popularity, tarmac is often considered the least attractive type of driveway. However, new technology is starting to change the appearance of tarmac, with a range of different colours being introduced.

Gravel Driveways

Gravel driveways not only look great, but they are also one of the most affordable options available. There are a number of different gravel sizes and colours to choose from, which make it suitable for most homes.

Gravel also has the added benefit of deterring criminals, due to the audible sounds made whilst walking over it.

Gravel drives do require the highest level of maintenance, as the gravel moves and requires regular flattening. The stones can also move into your adjoining gardens and lawn, which can take time to remove. Weeds are another common problem, but are often controllable with the use of residual weed killer. 

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