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How To Restore A Gravel Driveway: Tip Tips And TricksBy admin
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Whether you’re in a city, town, or the heart of the English countryside, the likelihood is, there’s a gravel driveway pretty close. A highly popular choice, gravel driveways are often chosen for their low-cost and relatively simple installation.
A brand-new gravel driveway can look incredibly attractive… but as any gravel driveway owner will know, that’s not fated to last for long.
While a gravel driveway has the benefit of being low-cost, it has the major downside of being difficult to maintain. Restoring a gravel driveway takes time, and often, a considerable investment. It also has to be done on a fairly regular basis.
If you’re tired of your gravel driveway looking more like an eye-sore that the attractive entrance to your home it may once have been, then our top tips are here to help.
For a driveway transformation, here are five tips that you need to know.
How To Restore A Gravel Driveway: 5 Tip you need to know
Top Tip No.1: Spend Some Time Looking at Drainage
Drainage can be a big problem for a gravel driveway. If it isn’t maintained on a regular basis, you may find that water is gathering and settling, causing puddles to appear, or your gravel is simply washing away.
There are a couple of things that you can do to solve this problem:
• Form a ridge in the middle so water runs away
• Dig trenches at the side so the water can safely drain
• Raise the level of the gravel so water doesn’t run across it
Laying a weed membrane underneath the gravel or replacing one that has worn out or gained holes over time, will help to greatly reduce the amount of weed removal that needs doing
Top No.2: Make Sure Those Potholes Are Filled in
Potholes are the bane of a gravel driveway, making the surface uneven and unpleasant to walk or drive across.
Regular checks will make sure that you stay on top of potholes and fill them in quickly before the problem starts to get worse.
Top Tip No.3: Don’t Forget About the Weed Membrane
One of the biggest jobs that needs to be done as a gravel driveway owner is weed removal. It can be hard to remove weeds that have sprouted through the gravel, and very time-consuming to keep up with the task.
Laying a weed membrane underneath the gravel or replacing one that has worn out or gained holes over time, will help to greatly reduce the amount of weed removal that needs doing.
Giving your driveway a good rake every now and again is incredibly beneficial. It will help to remove any contaminants, like leaves, and give you a much clearer idea about the health of the driveway
Top Tip No.4: Keep Your Gravel Topped Up
The loss of a stone here and there may not seem bad, but the loss will quickly add up. From gravel that has been washed away to stones that have been kicked off the drive, soon, you’ll end up with a driveway that is more barren than gravelly.
Make sure that you regularly top up the gravel in your driveway. The process won’t have to be done very often, but a truck load of gravel can do wonders for gravel driveway restoration.
Top Tip No.5: Minimise Maintenance with Regular Raking
Giving your driveway a good rake every now and again is incredibly beneficial. It will help to remove any contaminants, like leaves, and give you a much clearer idea about the health of the driveway.
You’ll be able to easily see potholes, notice where the gravel is at it’s thinnest, and see the effect that inadequate drainage might be having on the drive as a whole.
Resin bound surfacing starts out very similar to gravel, in the fact that the whole process begins with choosing a stone. With resin, however, you have a significant amount to choose from, and don’t need to worry so much about the ‘hardy’ nature of the stone
Tired of All the Maintenance? Here’s the Solution…
If you’ve reached the end of your tether with gravel driveway maintenance, then it might be time for a slightly more long-term restoration project. Changing the material of your driveway to resin is a practical solution that delivers a beautiful result.
Resin bound surfacing starts out very similar to gravel, in the fact that the whole process begins with choosing a stone. With resin, however, you have a significant amount to choose from, and don’t need to worry so much about the ‘hardy’ nature of the stone.
That’s pretty much where the similarities end though. Once your stone is chosen, it is mixed with resin and laid on a solidly prepared surface. The end result is:
• SuDs compliant and completely permeable
• Good looking
• Crack, weed, and puddle resistant
• Incredibly strong and durable
• Solid with no loose stones
And most importantly of all, it’s virtually maintenance-free!
Get rid of gravel gripes for good, with the help of Home Logic.
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