Driveways, and roads in general, have come a long way since their beginning as dirt tracks that were once frequented by horse and carriage. Now we look to create the most aesthetically pleasing and eye-catching designs we can, whilst also remaining practical. After all, the driveways of 2017 have to withstand the weight of heavy vehicles and the astonishing ability of children who seem to be able to destroy anything. With so many different types of driveway materials on the markets, it’s no surprise that many become confused so in this blog, the Kings Driveways team are placing their focus on gravel! Here are a few facts…
- If your house is located in an area that receives a lot of moisture, such as rainfall or high humidity, gravel could be the perfect solution because it allows this moisture to drain away very quickly. This means you don’t have to worry about the drains at the end of your driveway flooding and creating a mini neighbourhood swimming pool!
- Gravel is a very durable material and whilst it requires more maintenance compared to concrete or tarmac, it has been said to last a lifetime when homeowners correctly care for it. The maintenance of a gravel driveway includes raking it on a regular basis to ensure that the distribution of material is even. It is also wise to remove debris such as leaves often so that you do not have to have the gravel re-laid in the future and any holes in the surface should always be filled with fresh gravel as moving existing material from one place to another will result in an uneven layer.
- Unlike some materials, gravel comes in a wide range of different colours and types, which is particularly important if you are looking for a wide range to choose from. For example, gravel with smaller stones allows for a surface that is easier to walk and balanced on, making it perfect for homes that are frequented by high foot traffic.
Gravel is always seen as a risky material when it comes to a driveway however more and more homeowners are attracted the crunching sounds it makes as you walk from your car to your front door. Whether you’re looking for that aesthetic gravel look or want something completely different, the Kings Driveways team have got you covered! For more information, get in contact with us today; we aren’t the best driveways in Cheshire for nothing!