Ready to upgrade your driveway?
So you’ve finally had enough of your crumbling, ugly driveway and it’s time to upgrade to something better.
With so many different materials out there to choose from it can be tricky to feel confident that you are making the best choice for your driveway upgrade.
Here at the Home Improvement Project we have been in the industry for many years so we’ve got lots of advice to help you select a new driveway that is right for you.
Before you choose your driveway materials, you need to consider longevity, appearance and of course, value for money.
Block paving driveways
Block paving driveways used to be very popular and can be a good option for a short term fix. However, because they need constant cleaning and maintenance to remove the moss that flourishes in the cracks, they are not a great long-term choice. Plus, block paving is usually laid onto sand and this can cause sinking and other problems if cars are regularly parked on the drive. Not great.
Tarmac is a cost effective choice if it is a very large area and is machine laid. However, not many driveways are large enough so cannot be machine laid, leading to a poor finish. Also, when the weather heats up tarmac can gets softer, but it also crumbles and cracks when frost hits. Our advice is if you do decide to go for tarmac, make sure you check the reputability of the installer as unfortunately we do come across quite a few cowboy jobs.
Loose stones or gravel driveways are a cheap option that can be installed very quickly but they also get messy very quickly and these driveways don’t last long. They are also a bad choice for households with elderly or vulnerable residents as the loose gravel can be slippy.
Resin bound driveways
Resin bound driveways are our favourites here at the Home Improvement Project. In our experience, we’ve found them to be the best product, both for longevity and drainage. In fact, if laid properly a resin bound driveway can last more than 25 years, making it a real investment. They are great in all sorts of weather conditions and you don’t need to weed them or sweep up loose gravel. A resin bound driveway is permeable too so water can drain through. They also offer lots of styles and designs, as well as different colours and you can even go for a pattern on your new driveway.
Sound good? If you are interested in finding out more about upgrading your driveway get in touch with our team for a free, no-obligation chat.