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Cost Of Gravel Driveway Vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

Cost Of Gravel Driveway Vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

One of the main areas of consideration when it comes to improving your driveway (or building a new one) is going to be cost. You will want to know if the cost of your new driveway is going to be worthwhile in terms of the added value to your home.

Asphalt and gravel driveways are both known for being the cheapest options, however which one is best to choose, which is cheapest and do they really stack up when it comes to value for money?

A new driveway and improved outdoor space can add as much as 20% to the value of your home, however a driveway that is full of cracks and looks like it was hastily laid can cause the value of your home to plummet.

No matter what choice of driveway you opt for, it is important that it is laid correctly and that you get the best possible job done for your budget. Here’s how to achieve exactly that-without compromising on aesthetics in the process…

What Is An Asphalt Driveway?

Asphalt is a mixture of bitumen and aggregate and is most often used on roadways due to its hardwearing and low noise make-up.

It always comes in black, and is therefore a slightly boring choice for your driveway, but it can also be 100% recycled, making it a good option if you want to ensure your driveway is as green as possible.

Asphalt is, however, known for crumbling and cracking – especially on the edges. This may not be a problem if it has been carefully laid by a professional company.

It is porous and allows water to seep through, so it is a good choice if you want to ensure there is no run off of water from your property. Your planning permission restrictions may require a permeable driveway and asphalt meets this criteria. Asphalt is also:

● Easy to lay
● 100% recyclable
● Quiet
● Prone to crumbling and cracks
● Porous and permeable
● Only comes in one colour – black

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Cost Of Gravel Driveway Vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

What Is A Gravel Driveway?

The classic gravel driveway is a simple but effective way to create an attractive place for your cars. The usual way this is done is for the contractor to dig down around 20cm and to add a weed barrier material.

Larger stones may be added to encourage drainage and then smaller stones are added on top as the final layer. The smaller the stones the easier they are to drive and walk on.

You can choose from a variety of different stones for your gravel driveway and in a number of different colours.

This gives you you more flexibility in how it looks. The main drawback of a gravel driveway is the fact that the gravel tends to sink into the soil and therefore needs topping up from time to time. You may also need to take it to even out the depth when required.

Listed below are the key features of a gravel driveway; as you can see, despite the low cost, it is not without is problems and pitfalls:

● Suitable for the DIYer
● Quick to lay
● Needs regular topping up and raking
● Requires a weed barrier or weeds will grow through
● Porous and permeable
● Stones can spread onto the road and pathways

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Cost Of Gravel Driveway Vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

Cost Of Gravel Driveway vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

Not all driveways are alike. Two driveways that are made from the exact same materials can vary wildly when it comes to cost. Below are some of the things that might make your driveway more expensive than that of your neighbours:

● If you are having your driveway built new from scratch, it could be more expensive than replacing your old driveway. The contractors will need to remove earth and rubble from your garden, and landscape the area to allow the foundations of your driveway to be built. A replacement driveway can remain on the same footing and will require less preparation work.
● The type of soil you have can cause problems in the preparation of the sub-base. Your contractor may need to dig deeper than they normally would, or if the ground has lots of rubble, rocks or weeds, it will take longer to prepare.
● The way that water runs off your driveway will affect the way that the new driveway will need to be laid. The land may require regrading to direct water away from the house, or extra drainage may be required.
● The front garden may also require landscaping; this will greatly influence the cost of the work. Having a new driveway without adding plants and borders leaves the job half done, and can make the new driveway look worse.

Preparation Work Plays Its Part

When taking into account the costs of laying your new driveway, you need to think about the preparation work that might be required, as highlighted above. But all things being equal, gravel and asphalt are usually around the same cost. This is around £45 per square metre.

It is worth noting that a gravel driveway will require ongoing maintenance due to the loss of the gravel. You will need to top it up regularly; this cost should be taken into account, and factors into your overall decision.

Equally, asphalt driveways are prone to cracking and crumbling, so you may find that you need to carry out repairs every now and then. You may also want to seal the asphalt driveway, which will inevitably add to the cost.

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Cost Of Gravel Driveway Vs. Asphalt: Pricing Factors At Play

Resin Bound Surfacing: A Better Value Alternative?

A resin bound driveway is an excellent alternative to gravel or asphalt. The mixture of aggregate and resin that is pressed into a strong sub-base offers a higher level of strength than an asphalt driveway, and yet it has a similar look to a gravel driveway. It really is the best of both worlds.

It is true that a resin bound driveway can be more expensive, but it offers a huge number of positives over and above those offered by gravel or asphalt:

● A resin bound driveway is permeable; therefore, water seeps through the material, preventing standing water, and keeping your driveway free of moss and ice.
● A resin bound driveway can be laid quickly, and driven over within the same day. It is laid in one go, and does not suffer with issues relating to cracks or crumbling.
● A resin bound driveway comes in a variety of colours and stone types, that are really only restricted by your imagination. Dyes can even be added to the mix to give the drive a colourful and individual look.
● The preparation for a resin bound driveway is similar to most driveway options; therefore, the costs of this part of the process are not that much more expensive.
● A resin bound driveway needs little or no maintenance, and is expected to last upwards of 20 years, making it super durable, and incredibly long lasting.

Your driveway is an important part of your home and you want it to look great and be fantastic value for money. You will love resin bound driveways as an alternative to gravel or asphalt and you will find that when it comes to value for money, resin bound really is a great choice to consider.

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