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Using Pavers For Driveway: Is It A Good Idea?By admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
One of the most attractive and popular ways to improve the look of your driveway is to use paving stones or bricks to create a traditional look that can be very charming. This style of driveway is extremely popular, and is seen as one of the high end options for driveways.
However, paving stones are not always the best choice, and despite their good looks – they can often result in a driveway that is uneven, with problems lurking underneath that can undermine its longevity.
Improving your driveway is always a great idea. The look of your home is determined by the way it appears on first impression; in this respect, the landscaping itself can add a touch of visual intrigue, softening sharp driveway edges to provide the perfect balance.
Real estate agents agree that a good looking garden that is usable and practical can add as much as 20% to the value of your home.
That makes improving your driveway an important project for any home. But choosing the right surface can make all the difference. But are pavers right for your needs?
In the following article, we explore the topic of driveway pavers in greater detail, focusing on what they are, what they offer, and, ultimately, whether they provide a cost-effective solution for surfacing long-term…
What Are Pavers?
A paver is a word used to describe the slabs, stones and bricks used to create a paved driveway. Generally speaking, these stones are made from concrete or natural stone that has been cut into uniform pieces. Recycled bricks are also often used to create a very traditional looking driveway.
The process for laying a paver driveway includes digging down a few centimetres, adding a layer of crushed gravel for stability and drainage, and then adding a layer of sand.
The pavers are embedded into the sand in patterns to create the driveway. A good contractor can make sure that your driveway is properly levelled and can create a sweeping driveway that looks impressive.
While pavers are very popular, they are not always suitable for your driveway. There are many reasons why people find that they wish they had chosen another form of driveway, such as resin bound material or gravel.
The most costly part of the laying of a paver driveway is in labour costs. A skilled tradesman with the right experience to lay paving stones perfectly is hard to come by, and will charge more than the average labourer
Pavers Are Not Permeable
Most paving stones do not allow water to pass through the material and into the earth below. This is important for all kinds of reasons – but mostly for the stability of the driveway itself.
Good drainage is essential for any driveway, and having water pass through the driveway evenly is almost always the better idea for the following 3 reasons:
● Water that is left on the surface of your driveway will cause mossy patches, detracting from the overall aesthetics.
● Water that pools in certain areas or is allowed to run off in only one direction can cause large puddles in the earth underneath your driveway. Over time, these can break down the earth, and create places where your driveway begins to sink. Your pavers will then start to lift and become uneven.
● Your driveway will need to have additional drainage channels built into the surface and around the edges. This is more time consuming and expensive.
Using Pavers For Driveway Is More Costly
Paving stones are one of the most expensive types of driveway construction. The base must be built to a high specification, and offer excellent drainage. It needs to be carefully graded and angled towards the garden to prevent water buildup around your home.
Drainage channels and soakaways may even be needed. This all takes time and adds to the cost.
The most costly part of the laying of a paver driveway is in labour costs. A skilled tradesman with the right experience to lay paving stones perfectly is hard to come by, and will charge more than the average labourer.
It can take several days to lay a paved driveway – compared to a single day for most other paved surfaces, such as concrete or resin bound. In some instance, this can triple your overall labour costs.
The materials are also more expensive than you might expect. Recycled bricks may look beautiful, but they are hard to come by and to prepare, and will need to be washed before use, thereby increasing the price you pay. Other pavers may be mass produced, but they are still more expensive than asphalt or gravel.
You will probably need to level the area once more, add more gravel and sand, and also relay the pavers. This can be across a substantial area, and can take a great deal of time and skill
Maintenance Can Be Time Consuming
Part of the reason you have chosen to improve your driveway is the fact that it can take time to repair an old and crumbling driveway. But if you choose pavers, you may find you are still having to put more time into maintaining it than you initially imagined.
The surface of the driveway is often natural, and, therefore, will absorb stains such as oil. You will need to wash it often to remove this. Additionally, the spaces between the pavers are perfect to allow weeds to grow through.
You will need to remove these regularly, and even spray with weed killer to try and prevent their return.
If the surface of your paver driveway starts to lift, the maintenance can become even more time consuming. You will need to lift the stones or bricks, and see what has happened to the base.
A paver driveway is beautiful and highly suitable for the period homes we have in this country – but it may not have the durability you want. For the price, you can make better choices, and get a driveway that looks great and lasts
Are There Any Other Driveway Choices I Could Consider?
For around the same amount of money as your paver driveway, you can choose a resin bound driveway. A resin bound driveway is made using a mixture of resin and aggregate that is pressed into a prepared base.
The looks may be different, but the benefits do outweigh those of a paver driveway:
● A resin bound driveway can be created in any colour or design that you wish. Simply choose the colour of aggregates that you want. This colour will last for the lifetime of the driveway.
● A resin bound driveway is thought to last as long as 30 years or even more.
● Your resin bound driveway will not crack or move, as the surface is both flexible and very strong.
● Resin bound driveways are permeable, and will allow water to pass through the surface. This means that there is no standing water to discolour or damage the surface, and the ground beneath will not be affected by puddles or a build up of rain water.
● A resin bound driveway can be laid in one go-all in one day. You can drive over it almost straight away, and the surface is strong and durable from the beginning.
A paver driveway is beautiful and highly suitable for the period homes we have in this country – but it may not have the durability you want. For the price, you can make better choices, and get a driveway that looks great and lasts.
A resin bound driveway offers you everything you want and with excellent value for money. Why choose anything else?
Desperately seeking a surfacing solution that prevents pesky pools and puddles? SUDs compliant resin bound material may be just what you’re after! Take the first step to upgrading your existing driveway today, by giving us a call on 0800 1700 636, or simply clicking the button below.Related Home Logic Living Articles
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