The benefits of gravel driveways
Gravel is one of the most popular choices for driveways in the UK, especially for country side homes and those wanting to match their driveways to the stone and brick colouring of the local area. Gravel driveways look great and give you that gorgeous crunch sound when driving on them. They are low maintenance, easy to lay and extremely cost- effective. However, gravel can only be laid on a driveway that has no gradient. This is because gravel will naturally roll downhill when someone drives or walks on it.
The most commonly used gravel is known as crushed gravel, which is composed mainly of sand, silt, clay and the gravel. The sand, silt and clay form a protective barrier that prevents water from passing through and allows the water to exit the driveway efficiently.
Gravel is very cheap, which makes it a great choice for your driveway. The maintenance is also extremely low, because a gravel driveway has no pavement to crack, leak or break, meaning there would be no need for repairs. Gravel simply requires a good raking!
Living in the UK can bring about some turbulent weather. Gravel allows for excellent traction in wet, icy, or snowy conditions. Concrete or asphalt have a tendency to freeze in cold climates, which can cause the driveway to crack and repairs will need to be made.
With gravel the limits are endless. It is available in a wide variety of colours and shades. Whether you would like darker shades such as greys and browns, or even brighter colours like pink and red, the choices are vast. You are also able to pick the size of the gravel you require. So if larger pieces are more your style or you prefer finer crushes, there is a size to suit everyone. You could even choose tumbled gravel, ornamental gravel or even create a style that resembles river rock or pebbles, the choices really are endless. Gravel is a distinctive and attractive means of complementing a landscape design.
Due to the colours and size available, it is easy to make your gravel driveway complement your home. For example, a home by the beach may benefit from small crushed gravel in order to represent the area, where as an affluent home in the country that has a large stretch of driveway may opt for larger gravel that has maybe a marbled effect. Regardless of your style or taste, a gravel driveway will only enhance your home and its surroundings. Gravel is available in most colours and sizes, so all you need to do is design your perfect driveway.