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Damp Courses And Driveways: The Essential Guide

damp courses and driveways

There is a lot that you need to consider when you have a driveway installed. You need to think about the size of the driveway, the finish of the surface, and how suitable the material choice is for everyday use. 

A beautiful driveway takes time to design, but when it’s done, it can be a true asset to your home. However, if you miss a key consideration in the design stage, then serious issues can occur later on down the line. 

One consideration that needs to be involved in many types of driveway design may come as a bit of surprise – dampness. If they’re not installed correctly, a driveway can result in major damp problems inside your home. 

So with the above in mind, let’s take a look at the relationship between damp courses and driveways, to see what you need to be aware of when you have your new driveway installed. 

Damp Walls = Horrible Home Environment

Damp is one of the biggest issues affecting UK homes, and a key source of concern for many homeowners. With 15.9% of the UK population living in homes in need of repair, dampness and leaks are, unfortunately, a very common occurence. 

If not properly dealt with, damp can lead to serious medical issues in adults and children alike. A damp home will struggle to be as energy efficient as a dry home, and all-round, the environment will certainly not be conducive to comfort.

There are many types of damp, and multiple sources, including: damp caused by leaks, damp caused by rain water seeping into cavity walls, and damp that is a result of condensation issues in a property.

Another key problem area for dampness is rising damp – the kind of damp that starts at ground level in your exterior walls, and rises through the wall in its entirety.

This form of damp can cause no end of problems to the environment in your home and the structural security of your property, as well as health problems, with the risk of mould on damp walls very high. 

One solution to the problem of rising damp is a damp proof course – an essential addition to your home. 

damp courses and driveways

A course in good condition will work to stop moisture transmission, a course in bad condition can lead to damp patches appearing on your interior and exterior walls

What Is a Damp Proof Course and Why Is It Needed?

Most modern homes have a damp proof course installed, with the main purpose of the course being to prevent rising damp from occurring. The damp proof course is a waterproof layer that is installed just above the ground level. 

This layer acts as a barrier between ground moisture and the masonry of your walls.

A course in good condition will work to stop moisture transmission, a course in bad condition can lead to damp patches appearing on your interior and exterior walls. 

The material that the course is made from can vary; in some cases the course is made from a material like polyethylene, and in other cases, it could be made from a material like slate. 

damp courses and driveways

Problems can arise when the driveway raises the level of the ground outside your home considerably, so that the damp proof course is no longer higher than the ground – this is an event known as bridging the damp proof course

What Is the Relationship Between the Damp Courses and Driveways ?

The damp proof course may not be the first thing that you think of when you have a driveway installed, but a failure to factor the course in at the preparation stage could result in serious damage to the structure, environment, and stability of your home. 

Problems can arise when the driveway raises the level of the ground outside your home considerably, so that the damp proof course is no longer higher than the ground – this is an event known as bridging the damp proof course. 

When this happens, the walls of your home are left unprotected, leaving you exposed to damp problems rising up through your walls, and affecting large parts of your home. 

damp courses and driveways

Instead of installing the driveway all the way up to the wall of your home, if there is a risk that it will go over the course, the solution is to lower the end of the driveway and install a channel that will move the water away from the exterior of your home

The Ultimate Solution: Drainage Channel + Permeable Surface

The solution to maintaining the effectiveness of the damp proof course lies in the creation of a drainage channel, and the use of a high-quality permeable driveway material, like resin bound surfacing.

Instead of installing the driveway all the way up to the wall of your home, if there is a risk that it will go over the course, the solution is to lower the end of the driveway, and install a channel that will move the water away from the exterior of your home. 

As well as a drainage channel, it can help to make sure that you’re installing a permeable driveway surface, like a resin bound driveway. A resin driveway is compliant with sustainable urban drainage and allows for the natural drainage of rain water through the surface of the driveway. 

The natural drainage of the resin driveway, combined with additional drainage to divert water in the case of major storms or heavy rainfall, will keep your home protected and secure against damp.

damp courses and driveways

The natural drainage of the resin driveway, combined with additional drainage to divert water in the case of major storms or heavy rainfall, will keep your home protected, drive away damp for the long-term!

Let Home Logic Give Your Driveway A Helping Hand!

If you’re worried about damp control when you have a new driveway installed, then the team at Home Logic can offer the ultimate solution that is tailored to the age, design, and style of your home. 

We’ll make sure that your new driveway is always designed to cater to the prevention of damp to ensure that you have a breath-taking new driveway and the perfect interior environment. Give us a call on 0800 1700 636, or click the button below, for more information about high-quality driveways and top-notch water control today!