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Can You Install A New Surface On A Driveway With Manholes?

Can You Install A New Surface On A Driveway With Manholes

Most new driveway installations are relatively simple, but there are always cases where things are not as straightforward and special alterations need to be made to meet the needs of a home. 

This is the case when it comes to manholes on a property, and just what to do with them when you want a new driveway to be installed. 

Luckily, the answer to the question: can you install a new surface on a driveway with manholes? Is a firm yes. But there is a little more to the process of driveway installation on a property with a manhole that you might need to know about. 

Our guide covers the information you may need about new driveway surfaces and existing manholes, including your options for disguising the manhole. 

Manholes and Driveways: What Do You Need to Know?

Manholes have been used for thousands of years, since the times of the Ancient Romans. They’re required to provide easy access to the drainage network for the purposes of maintenance and inspection. 

The manhole cover is used to prevent foreign objects and people from falling into the drainage, as well as keeping out unwanted visitors. Overall, the system is incredibly important to drainage in the UK, and in fact, all over the world.

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Recent changes to sewer and drain responsibility has meant that all drainage outside of property boundaries is owned by the water company. However, in the case of unshared manholes, the responsibility falls to the property owner

Who Owns the Manhole?

There is often some confusion over who owns a manhole, and, in particular, who has the deciding say over the cover of the manhole.

Recent changes to sewer and drain responsibility has meant that all drainage outside of property boundaries is owned by the water company. However, in the case of unshared manholes, the responsibility falls to the property owner. 

Replacing Your Manhole 

If you have sole ownership of the manhole cover on your property, then you’re free to make changes to the manhole, within certain boundaries. This means that you can change the cover to a material that is more desirable, as long as it complies with regulations. 

Drain and sewer building regulations are fairly strict, but you can generally change a manhole cover to approved galvanised steel, plastic, or cast and ductile iron.

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A recessed manhole is the best option if you want to disguise the presence of the manhole on your drive. The metal tray system allows the manhole cover to be filled with your choice of driveway material

Standard vs Recessed Manholes: Which One's Best Overall?

While it’s completely possible to install a new surface on a driveway with manholes, you really don’t want the manhole to ruin the sleek finish of your driveway. Thankfully, there are two main styles of manhole available for driveways: standard and recessed. Let's explore each option in a little more detail...

Option 1: Standard Manholes

The first style of manhole is perhaps the style that you’ll be most familiar with. A standard manhole is the kind of manhole that you would see on the street, with a metal or plastic cover.

Option 2: Recessed Manholes

A recessed manhole is the best option if you want to disguise the presence of the manhole on your drive. The metal tray system allows the manhole cover to be filled with your choice of driveway material. 

This allows the finished look of the manhole to blend almost seamlessly into your driveway design, whilst still allowing easy access to the drainage system. 

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Problems like manholes on your driveway can easily be solved with the help of an expert team. At Home Logic, we strive to provide solutions to any problem that may impact the effectiveness or finish of any of our professional services

The Importance of Drainage for New Driveways

Strength, durability, and aesthetics are all important properties of a driveway, but without good drainage, nothing else is going to matter. 

One of the top products for effective driveway drainage is resin, which also comes with the added benefit of being able to top existing driveways, without a new base being installed (in cases where the existing driveway is in good condition.)

The combination of aggregates and resin that are used to construct a resin driveway creates what is known as a permeable driveway. This kind of surface allows rain and other water to drain naturally through the surface, eliminating issues with pooling water and the other serious issues that can arise in the event of poor drainage. 

This kind of mixture can also be used to fill recessed manholes, to achieve a stunning finish without worry that the manhole is going to compromise the final look of your drive. 

Home Logic: First-Rate Solutions for Every Home

Problems like manholes on your driveway can easily be solved with the help of an expert team. At Home Logic, we strive to provide solutions to any problem that may impact the effectiveness or finish of any of our professional services. 

If you’re concerned about a manhole on your property and don’t want to miss out on a new driveway surface because of it, then give us a call today on 0800 1700 636, or click the button below, for friendly and professional advice!