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About Gravel

Gravel driveways are a great addition to any home. The question "are they any good?" seems to have the nation divided; people either love them or loathe them.

With quick hassle free installation and lower upfront cost it's easy to see why so many people opt for this option to create functional driveways around their homes.

Gravel is very versatile, it looks great on it's own or can be combined with other surfaces; sometimes as a filler in un-trafficked areas and borders, this can help to keep the costs down and in budget on larger projects.

One of our experts should be more than happy to help design a driveway that not only suits your budget, but suits your lifestyle and how you are going to live with the area day to day.

All specifications and processes of work are designed for footpaths and residential driveways. If you require information for a heavy commercial application please get in touch.

Main Advantages of Gravel Driveways

  • Many colours available
  • Cost effective
  • Quick installation
  • Low maintenance
  • You can hear footsteps in the gravel

Main Disadvantages of Gravel Driveways

  • Loose gravel can migrate into surrounding areas
  • Can be difficult to live with for the elderly
  • Not good for disabled traffic
  • Will need raking often in trafficked areas (to keep looking at it's best)
  • Can hold dirt and droppings
  • Difficult to clear snow and ice

Annual Maintenance Of Gravel Driveways

The best way to maintain gravel is to do a quick sweep of the area picking up and litter. Be sure to wear gloves as some animals love to leave their droppings on gravel. Once cleared of any litter a leaf blower is a fantastic way of removing particles.

Always have your back to buildings and vehicles and don't go too close to the gravel if using powerful equipment.

Examples of Gravel

Golden Corn (Dry)

Golden Corn (Wet)

Green (Dry)

Green (Wet)

Heritage (Dry)

Heritage (Wet)

Red (Dry)

Red (Wet)

- Available in a range of sizes

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Frequently asked Questions

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How do I stop my gravel spilling out into the road?

When installing a gravel driveway, slightly raised edges should be created using blocks, pin kerbs or sometimes timber edging if the design suits so that the loose stone will not easily be pushed into surrounding areas. Also be sure to go easy when accelerating in vehicles as to not cause the wheels to spin and the gravel to be displaced.

Gravel is a cheaper option but it's still quite expensive ? Why is that?

Unfortunately when doing any ground work to a good and correct specification there is no such thing as a cheap job. Gravel driveways still need to be excavated and a correct sub base with supporting edges fitted. The savings to be had with a gravel drive comes from the lower cost of the gravel material and the ease of installation.If you were to just scrape the grass off and cover with gravel then you would certainly save money in the short term but would be left mess further down the line.

If I choose gravel for now would it be expensive to upgrade to a fixed hard standing surface in the future?

All our driveways are done to specification using a quality type 1 hardcore base, so a gravel base course would also lend its self to other hard standing driveways like tarmac or PIC. These surfaces could be laid over the existing base once the gravel has been removed. Only resin bound is the exception as it needs a specialised type 3 base course.

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