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Pros And Cons Of A Cobbled DrivewayBy admin
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Cobbled surfaces have been used in England since the 15th century, but they were first utilised long before that by the Romans. For a lot of streets in England, cobblestone is an important part of the historical appearance, but is cobblestone right for your driveway?
We’re going to be digging a little deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of this traditional building style to see if today, it makes for a grand home driveway or a disaster waiting to happen!
If you’ve been considering cobblestone for your driveway, then here are the essential pros and cons of a cobbled driveway that you need to know about…
The Pros of Cobbled Driveways
Due to the historical use of cobblestone, it’s a type of surface that many people in England will still be familiar with. Cobbles still line many backstreets and really adds a unique character to an area.
So without further ado, here are three of the main pros of cobbled driveways:
Pro: Range of Design Choices
From the classic cobblestone path style to modern layouts with different stones and designs, there is a lot of variety to choose from when designing a cobbled driveway.
If you’re looking to complement the style of your home with a matching driveway, then you’ll have a lot of choices available if you choose cobbles.
When installed correctly, cobbled driveways can last for many years. They are considered to be a strong and durable choice of driveway that brings longevity to the table when the correct procedures are followed during installation.
Pro: Low Maintenance
Cobbles are a low maintenance driveway choice, especially when compared to some alternatives like gravel. The surface is hard-wearing, and often maintenance just involves cleaning the surface, removing the occasional weed and sealing any gaps where the weeds are breaking through.
A big issue with cobbled driveways is guaranteeing a good installation. As the cost of a cobbled driveway is considerable, you’d expect it to be perfect, but far too often, things can go wrong
The Cons of Cobbled Driveways
While cobbles can look great, if they were perfect then they would be installed on the majority of UK driveways. There are a few key issues with cobbles that may be enough to make you look elsewhere for your dream driveway design. Here are three of the main cons of choosing a cobbled driveway for your home:
Con: Very Expensive
The larger your driveway and the more difficult the landscape is, the higher the cost of driveway installation will be, but with cobbles, the starting prices can already be very high.
Between the excavation work, the expensive materials, and the large costs involved with cobblestone installation, a cobbled driveway can set you back a considerable sum.
Con: Everything Depends on the Installation
A big issue with cobbled driveways is guaranteeing a good installation. As the cost of a cobbled driveway is considerable, you’d expect it to be perfect, but far too often, things can go wrong.
For this type of driveway, a professional installation is often recommended, but if there is a mistake in the construction process the end result may not be very functional or beautiful.
Con: Health and Safety Hazard
Cobblestone surfaces are historical but that doesn’t always mean that they’re the best fit for today. Up and down the country, cobblestones are being removed from streets for one quite big reason – it’s a safety concern.
The trip risk on cobbles is much higher than smooth surfaces and for people with mobility problems, it can be difficult to traverse the uneven surface of cobblestone. These problems can be even worse when the surface gets icy in the winter.
Cobblestone may be the historical choice for a beautiful surface, but for a modern surface that looks amazing and performs exceptionally, resin bound material is a top option!
Resin: A Resilient Alternative to Cobbled Driveways
If you want the strength, longevity, and beauty of cobblestone but without the uneven surface and with an even lower amount of maintenance, then a modern stone driveway might be the right choice for you.
Resin driveways have given a whole new meaning to the ‘stone’ driveway by combining beautiful stones with clear resin to create a smooth and solid stone surface.
The driveway variety is very different to the other options on the market; it lasts a long time, it’s very low maintenance, and it’s highly customisable.
With no weeds, no cracks and no loose stones, resin driveways are a prime choice for a beauty home exterior that takes very little maintenance to stay looking fantastic.
Cobblestone may be the historical choice for a beautiful surface, but for a modern surface that looks amazing and performs exceptionally, resin bound material is a top option.
For more information about resin bound driveways, submit an enquiry on the Home Logic website, or call our friendly team today on 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, simply click the button below to get started today!Related Home Logic Living Articles
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