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Driveways started during the days of horse and cart days of the 1890’s pretty much before this there wasn’t anything but just old dirt tracks made from mud. Towards the end of the 19th century those with money started to be extra creative creating curves and bends, the design started to change too including curbs being added with edging mad from things like clay tiles and cut stones.

The next real change to the history of driveways was the introduction of gravel to the road surface, along with walkways made from flagstone, brick or cobbles.

Along came motor cars

Motor cars were introduced in the early 1900’s and this in when driveways really took off increasing in popularity, the most common being concrete and tarmac. Tarmac was invited and first started to be a road surface in 1901.

To bring the cost down of the driveway this was just done on two strips so the motor car could run along the strips themselves. There was no specifications to work to, excavating didn’t happen and therefore the driveways began to fall apart very quickly.

Not long after the introduction of the two strip driveway, turning strips where introduced as the popularity of motor vehicles became evermore popular.

Modern driveways

Over the last 100 years several other driveway surfaces have become popular and you can purchase them all through Buildadrive, through our company you can choose from a choice of six surfaces all with their on colours and array of designs and finishes. These include resin, tarmac, gravel, pattern imprinted concrete and Indian flagstone.


If you would like any further information on the surfaces we offer and the specifications we work to then please let us know and we will be happy to help or you can use our free online instant estimation calculator.



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