Just like the style and design of your home, driveways are a personal choice for many people. Some choose a more traditional approach and stick with the time-tested classics like gravel whereas some are a little more adventurous and go for a stencilled concrete finish.
There is no right or wrong answer, but you will find that each material has its pros and cons. In this article, we’re going to cover the most popular options, helping you to decide which is best for you.
For understated elegance and that country manor feel, it can only be gravel. A template and matting is laid on the area to be resurfaced before gravel is then poured and spread into position.
A relatively simple solution, gravel isn’t without its problems and requires the most amount of maintenance of any driveway material. Points for consideration include;
- Gravel driveways need to be regularly groomed and maintained, much more so than any other material. You will quickly find that gravel becomes unseated in areas that are regularly driven over, causing somewhat of a dishevelled appearance in the process.
- Gravel is one of the cheapest and most cost-efficient driveway surfaces and can be laid in hours. As soon as your contractor is finished, you will immediately be able to start making use of the surface.
Very popular across the suburbs of Melbourne, paved driveways make a nice alternative to other popular types of surface. You will typically be able to choose from a range of paving slabs, each with their own unique design and colour. These slabs are then simply laid onto a bed of sand and then jointed with sand once they’re all in position.
Pavers can be cut into any shape you could imagine so if you’re after something unique, this option is for you. Points for consideration include;
- Paving slabs are prone to staining, especially if lighter in colour. For that reason, it’s important to ensure that your vehicle isn’t leaking engine oil or diesel.
Concrete and Exposed Aggregate Driveways
Concrete is a truly versatile material and can take many forms, which is why it makes such a great construction material. Concrete driveways are becoming increasingly popular, especially those where a unique aggregate has been specified.
With exposed aggregate driveways, you are able to choose from a range of colours and patterns which can provide a unique finish to your driveway surface. Driveways in Melbourne have never been so versatile. Some points for consideration include;
- Concrete can be relatively expensive when laid in large quantities. We would always suggest obtaining several quotations to gain a better idea of how much you should be paying.
- Concrete is by far and away one of the most durable driveway materials in existence so if you’re expecting heavy vehicle traffic, concrete is for you.
Whatever you decide, make sure that you approach a reputable contractor who comes highly recommended. The key to a successful driveway that lasts is in the way it has been constructed.