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What’s The Best Gravel Size For My Driveway?By admin
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Small property, large property, or somewhere in between, there is no way to create a better lead up to your home than with a high-quality driveway. Not only are driveways the best way to avoid on-street parking, but they can create an instant ‘wow’ factor as well.
There are many types of materials to choose from when designing your own grand entrance, with gravel being a popular option.
Gravel has been used for driveways for an outstanding number of years. It can be very good-looking, cost-effective, and relatively easy to install.
If you’re considering installing a gravel driveway, then you’ll need to make a number of decisions about how the driveway will look, how big it will be, and what kind of gravel to use.
Let’s take a look at the latter, and answer once and for all: what’s the best gravel size for my driveway?
For driveways, not every type of gravel is suitable, but there is still quite the selection of gravel to choose from; this includes the popular flint and granite varieties of gravel. Gravel is available in different colours, and importantly, different sizes
Types of Gravel: What Are My Options?
Gravel quite literally comes in all shapes and sizes. There are multiple types of gravel, including those that are man-made and those that are naturally formed, as well as pay dirt and bank gravel.
For driveways, not every type of gravel is suitable, but there is still quite the selection of gravel to choose from; this includes the popular flint and granite varieties of gravel. Gravel is available in different colours, and importantly, different sizes.
When it comes to determining the right size of gravel, there is some variation between driveway types. Although commonly, the smaller types are avoided.
Here are three common styles of gravel driveway:
Style One – Just Gravel:
This style requires the least amount of preparation and is not generally advised if you’re after a secure and long-lasting driveway.
If you just want to gravel an area for driveway use, then 14mm to 20mm gravel is often advised.
Style Two – Two Gravel Layers:
The second style uses finely crushed stone as a sub-base and another layer of gravel on top.
The top layer is advised to be around 20m and installed to a depth of around 50mm.
Style Three – Three Gravel Layers:
The third style uses three layers of gravel in decreasing sizes. The first layer is the largest, with the rocks being around 75mm.
The second layer uses gravel at about 40mm in size, and the final layer uses a gravel size of about 10mm.
Gravel driveways are not well-known for being problem-free. No matter which style of gravel driveway that you choose, there are a number of problems that can arise
What Are The Main Problems Of A Gravel Driveway?
The main advantages of gravel are the cost and installation. Gravel is very cheap compared to some other materials and the installation is fairly quick.
However, gravel driveways are not well-known for being problem-free. No matter which style of gravel driveway that you choose, there are a number of problems that can arise.
Some of the main problems, include:
• High levels of maintenance
• The requirement to replenish gravel
• The appearance of weeds
• Dirt coating the gravel
• Uneven surfaces
• Difficulty clearing ice and snow
Resin is also an eco-friendly option and, like gravel, is great for drainage. The finished surface is fully SuDs compliant, so is classed as a natural way to deal with drainage management
What Other Options Are Available for a High-Quality Driveway?
If you like the thought of gravel, but don’t want to have to deal with the substantial ongoing maintenance, then there is another option.
Resin bound driveways are stone-based, just like gravel, but the addition of resin means that the surface is strong, there are no issues with the gravel moving or becoming uneven, and weeds have no chance of breaking through.
There are also less restraints on the kind of finish that you can achieve when you opt for resin over gravel. The stones used in resin can be smaller and more delicate, there are an enormous number of colours and styles to choose from, and you never have to pay out to replace the stones!
Resin is also an eco-friendly option and, like gravel, is great for drainage. The finished surface is fully SuDs compliant, so is classed as a natural way to deal with drainage management.
Gravel is a good choice, but for long-lasting beauty, resin surfacing is the way to go.
Home Logic – Your Answer to Driveway Luxury
There are few more transformational home improvements than the installation of a driveway. If you’re looking to update your existing driveway or install a brand-new one, then there is no time like the present.
For expert advice on how to get the most out of your new driveway and make sure that the perfect finish is going to last, Home Logic are the service to call. With high-quality materials and extensive experience, our experts will make sure that your driveway is nothing less than perfect! Simply call 0800 1700 636 to get the ball rolling today!
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