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New Driveway Cost Estimate: Key Pricing Factors At PlayBy admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
When researching into home improvement products and installers of them, it’s likely you’ll want advice from a fully certified, qualified and experienced professional.
However, in the case of driveways, different types are often installed by different companies, making it challenging to get an overview of the choices to consider.
Your new driveway cost estimate will depend on the type of driveway you opt for, as well as the expertise of the technician team installing it.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the following guide to the key pricing factors at play, and how to work around them to source a surfacing solution that stays within budget…
New Driveway Cost Estimate: Installation
How a driveway is installed depends on the type of driveway material used, and whether the existing base can be repurposed.
In the case of concrete, the outer edges of the driveway are blocked and lined with either wooden or steel material. All vegetation is then removed, before any relevant drainage products are installed.
Fill material is added, then compacted, and any reinforcement material laid. The concrete is then mixed, poured in, levelled and then left to dry.
Block paved driveways are manually installed too, but can be a time-consuming job. A sub-base is laid before a similar liner inserted around the outside of the area to be paved.
Sand is poured into the space, and levelling strips are used to form bays. Mortar is applied, and then each block is laid individually into the pattern required. For any areas that are not shaped in a perfect square or rectangle, the blocks must be custom-cut before they can be laid to fit within them.
How Do Resin Bound Driveways Compare?
Resin bound driveways can be installed either over an existing driveway surface, or directly onto the ground with the use of a sub-grid.
A mixture of stones, natural aggregate, recycled glass and marble is selected and coated in clear resin, before being blended to even out the distribution of each type of aggregate. This mixture is poured onto the area to be covered, and then left to dry and cure.
With all three, you will have to pay for the materials, and in the case of block paving, will have to pay extra for any custom-cut blocks.
Block paved driveways often only encounter small areas of damage – a loose block here, or a cracked block there. However, without access to identical paving blocks, this is a job you’ll be unable to do yourself, and will instead have to pay your original driveway technician to attend to and fix
New Driveway Cost Estimate: Maintenance Costs
Concrete driveways have a tendency to crack, particularly as it ages and/or takes on water that then freezes. This opens up the opportunity for weeds to grow through and requires not only treatment with a pesticide but costly maintenance work.
Cracks can be filled on concrete driveways, but it is often costly to do so, as it requires rendering and further repair work. Concrete also becomes discoloured over time, and can’t be painted over or treated to combat this. Instead, the concrete needs to be entirely removed and replaced.
Block paved driveways often only encounter small areas of damage – a loose block here, or a cracked block there. However, without access to identical paving blocks, this is a job you’ll be unable to do yourself, and will instead have to pay your original driveway technician to attend to and fix.
The periodic application of pesticide is always required, and this can incur additional gardening costs.
Resin bound driveways will not scuff or crack and as a wipe-clean surface will not need to be to industrially cleaned. As the longest lasting driveway product, there are no ongoing maintenance costs.
New Driveway Cost Estimate: Tradespeople
Concrete driveways can be laid by anyone with the relevant construction experience. In fact, they can even be done as a D.I.Y job! This puts this type of driveway in the mid-range cost wise.
Block paving can also be laid by anyone, but if you do hire a professional, ensure they are properly qualified, and can show you examples of other work: there are lots of chance tradespeople who attempt this type of work. Never opt for a cheap option with block paving!
Resin bound driveways are a specialist product and should be laid only by specialist driveway technicians. Check the British Board of Agrement (BBA) accreditation of installers before you confirm to having any work done.
Resin bound driveways are completely bespoke, and so costs vary depending on the size and shape of your driveway.
An easy way to find a reputable and trustworthy driveway installer is to read reviews on them written by existing customers. Visit TrustPilot to learn more,by calling 0800 1700 636 , or simply click the button below to talk to our expert team today!
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