There may come a time when you look at your driveway and feel like it needs a change, but where do you start? The more you look into the decision to improve your property, the more you realise the work that is required.
With driveways there are many variables in the equation that will affect your final decision such as the cost of course, security of property, style, slope, length of drive and maintenance.
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Concrete is a fairly basic finish for a driveway, but it does the job. This can be a simple grey smooth finish but there are also options for decorative concrete now.
A big selling point for concrete is that it’s very low maintenance. It can also be bordered with various methods using blocks or brickwork.
This surface would be better suited for commercial sites, but it’d not unknown to be used domestically either. The reason for this is to reduce/almost eliminate ongoing maintenance!
You’ll often see tarmac bordered with blocks to improve the look. The colours can include sandstone to make the driveway lighter as opposed to the traditional black.
These mainly help with security which is a big plus for family homes. This is a simple and effective method with lots of varieties, and can also be changed over time to change colour of drive.
This is probably the most time consuming and expensive option. Monoblocking requires maintenance in terms of cleaning, weeding, sanding. They can be sealed to reduce maintenance.
You can choose anything from simple blocks to more expensive and elaborate options in terms of patterns and so on. A useful method in you’re looking to replace large grassed areas.
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With slabs there are lots of coloured options. The strength of slab is unfortunately often overlooked as heavier duty slabs are much less likely to crack.
Thinner slabs are more prone to breaking and are not designed to carry weight of cars. To reduce chance of movement the slabs can be bedded with concrete.
So there you have it. These are the main options for improving your driveway, all of which we have years of experience with and would be happy to to talk to you about the best options for your property. Feel free to give us a call if you would like to explore your options.
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