Your driveway is, essentially, the front door to your property. It’s the first thing you’ll see as you drive up to your home, and it’s got to look good. Poor driveway installation can significantly reduce the visual appeal of your home, and even lead to further issues – such as puddles forming due to inadequate drainage. As North East roofing contractors but also paving and landscaping specialists, we understand the importance of driveways and how many options are out there today. We’re sharing our tips to the best types of driveway paving for your home.
Resin driveway surface
Resin driveway surfaces are fast gaining popularity in the UK market, and are a slightly more expensive option due to the procedure and materials. However, they benefit from little maintenance and visual appeal. There are two types of resin driveway surfaces: resin bonded and resin bound. The bonded driveway surface option involves scattering gravel and other quantities onto a resin layer before it sets. The resin bound solution consists of mixing the gravel and other materials before applying to the driveway. A resin driveway surface also reduces the risk of the gravel moving and creating large holes.
Block paved driveways
Our North East driveway contractors have installed plenty of block paved driveways – one of our most popular driveway surface options. Block paving is clean, easy, smart and professional. Not to mention, you can choose your pattern. As part of our driveway installation, we’ll provide advice on the best fit for your property. This type of driveway paving is well-renowned for its durability and lack of maintenance.
Gravel driveways are among the cheapest driveway surface options. When correctly installed by driveway contractors, they look fantastic. Gravel is diverse when it comes to shapes and colours, and the prices range on the size of the job. However, be aware that gravel has a habit of moving and creating large holes, so will require regular maintenance to flatten.
Similar to gravel, asphalt is a brilliant choice for those on a budget. Asphalt is relatively inexpensive for driveway installation and is hardwearing. However, unlike the other types of driveway options, you are restricted to colour and size. Asphalt may also need regular treating – especially after extreme hot temperatures.
If you live in a rustic-inspired property, cobbled driveways are excellent. Our North East driveway contractors have installed cobbled driveways in Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, Gateshead and more. They are hugely popular for durability, with cleaning only required once or twice a year.
Other exterior house design ideas
A house with real kerb appeal can truly lift your spirits, while updating home exterior. There are plenty of other exterior house redesign ideas you can do yourself, without getting in the experts (but you can always call us).