Signature North East has worked with Build A Drive to provide you with a list of driveway types to help you find the perfect driveway for you.
Adding unique, personal touches to your property is such an exciting experience, and there are lots of things to think about when creating your dream home, which wallpaper will you choose? What garden furniture should you pick? Which colour paint do you like? Every aspect of your home deserves to be perfect, from the inside out.
For some inspiration and guidance on where to get started if you’re considering a change in the exterior of your home, we’ve compiled some useful information, provided by Build A Drive, on the different variations of drives, which driveways are trending across the North East, and which type could be potentially ideal for you.
Which driveway surface is the best option for you?
It’s always an exciting time moving into a new property, with so many ideas and thoughts going through your head about how to modernise the property or adapt the property to fit around you and your family’s requirements.
One thing that can be overlooked is the exterior, mainly the driveway. Is it practical enough? Is it large enough? Does it offer any kerb appeal? Will it need replacing? What will the maintenance and upkeep be? Is it child friendly? What will the cost involve? Lots and lots of questions to ask yourself.
Below is our guide to a wide range of popular North East driveway surface types.
Resin driveway surfaces have seen a huge increase in demand, this can be down to a wide variety of reasons such as being SUDs compliant, low maintenance, offering great kerb appeal and hard and durable meaning it should last for many, many years to come.
This however does come at a cost, resin driveways are more than likely going to be the most expensive to install.
A very cost-effective option for covering large driveways and can be installed relatively quickly, tarmac driveways are durable and extremely practical. If time is limited for maintenance, then it’s the perfect surface choice.
As a standalone driveway surface choice, it doesn’t offer that much kerb appeal, however, this can be overcome with decretive block edging.
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways
Also known under different names, mainly stamped concrete is another option that offers amazing kerb appeal and can be a really impressive driveway option for any home as you can choose from an overgrowing range of colours and designs. A value for money option that is also low maintenance.
They should come with a warning as when wet they can be slippery so not ideal for young children or elderly relatives.
Indian Flagstone Driveways
If you’re looking for that wow factor then look no further than an Indian flagstone driveway, you’ll find once installed that they’re low maintenance, cost-effective and will last for decades if you upkeep them as and when required.
Although low maintenance in certain conditions they can be prone to unwanted contamination such as lichen and efflorescence and this can be time-consuming to keep at bay.
Working to a budget? Then you really can’t go wrong with gravel. Gravel is a great choice to work alongside another driveway surface option to bring the overall cost down and indeed add some kerb appeal. The finishes you can opt for with gravel are huge with many colours and sizes available.
Gravel can disperse across unwanted areas and later down the line some gravel may be needed to replace lost gravel. As the surface is uneven it isn’t ideal for young children and those unsteady on their feet.
Block Paved Driveways
A traditional driveway surface choice and still very popular in and around Tyne & Wear, block paving can be installed in a wide choice of colours and patterns this meaning it can work for any given space. It’s a long-lasting durable surface option and very good in wet weather.
Although not the most expensive driveway surface to install over the years it can be costly to upkeep a block paved driveway, this is because weeds and other contamination can grow through the gaps in the blocks, so this will need to be thoroughly cleaned and then new clean kiln dried sand applied.
Once you’ve made your decision
Whichever surface type you opt for make sure to choose reputable installers, a well-established installer will have plenty of reviews to take a look through, have industry approved accreditations, and offer a full guarantee for the work they carry out including the materials they use. They’ll also welcome questions from you so don’t be afraid to ask.
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