Continue reading below to find out which driveway is most suitable for your needs and important buying advice.
Ultimate Guide to Driveways 2018
CHOOSING A STYLE OF PAVING
There are 5 types of driveways that we have analysed in detail, to find out a brief overview of each driveway style keep scrolling to read the short version below, if you would like to read more detail about a particular style please click on the links below or as you go to find out more information such as colours, patterns and how to lay and maintain each style.
Block Paved Driveways
Resin Bound Driveways
Resin bound driveways are made up of a mixture of loose stones or aggregates and resins which bind the stones together to form a extremely durable, solid structure which cannot move but gives the appearance of a gravel driveway. Resin driveways are getting more popular due to the short amount of time it takes to install whilst causing minimal disruption. Click to find more information on resin bound maintenance or how to lay a resin bound driveway. Depending on whether an existing driveway can be used to overlay the resin is the deciding factor on whether resin bound is a cost effective method of paving. Resin bound can be laid over existing solid bases such as concrete or tarmacadam in this case they are significantly cheaper to install than if a new base is required. Click here for more detail on bases for resin. Another great feature of resin bound driveways are the number of different style and colour combinations possible including patterns which you can read more about here.
In summary resin bound driveways are definitely worth considering especially if low maintenance is a deciding factor, if you do not have a suitable base to lay resin bound on then it may be worth considering one of the other styles if budget is also a deciding factor.
To read our full analysis of resin bound driveways, styles, colours, how to lay resin bound click here.
If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.
PATTERNED IMPRINTED CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are installed by creating a new concrete base and imprinting a or stamping a pattern into the concrete whilst it is then colour dyed to give many different effects such as cobbles, natural stone and block paving. Imprinted concrete has been readily available for longer than resin bound driveways so are still more popular once again due to being relatively low maintenance compared to traditional methods such as block paving. Patterned imprinted concrete takes on average 7 days from start to finish to install which is longer than resin bound which sometimes only takes 2 days and roughly the same amount of time as block paving. The major benefit of using a solid concrete slab is that there is not any cavities for weeds to grow into which is usually the deciding factor for homeowners that opt for imprinted concrete. There is however some maintenance involved mainly recolouring, to find out more about patterned imprinted concrete maintenance click here. Similar again to resin bound driveways, another reason imprinted concrete driveways are popular is the number of different colour and pattern combinations available which you can read about here.
Apart from the maintenance involved with pattern imprinted concrete it can be prone to cracking and some sealants can be slippery, to find out how to minimise these risks click here.
In summary patterned imprinted concrete driveways can be another great method of paving if maintenance is a deciding factor. It can also be more cost effective than resin bound if a new base was needed to lay the resin bound driveway, which is obviously something to consider if this applies to you and budget is part of your decision making process. However like all of the other methods great care should be taken when choosing a driveway company to install it.
If you are ready for a free site survey and no obligation quote click here.
BLOCK PAVING DRIVEWAYS
Block paving has been used for 30 years as a paving method for domestic driveways and has advanced dramatically. The market for block paving is still huge despite many homeowners now opting for lower maintenance options such as resin bound or pattern imprinted concrete.
Block paving is a labour intensive method that involves digging out the old area and building it up with multiple layers before finally laying concrete blocks on top of sand by hand. If you were to ask people about block paving a sunken and weed infested mess might come to mind with very little options for colours and styles. However now this is not the case, if laid properly block paving will not sink only if it is incorrectly installed. To find out how to lay block paving click here. Block paving does require a high level of maintenance which many homeowners simply do not have time or energy for. To find out about how to stop weeds growing through block paving click here.
There are more block paving styles and colours than ever before with over 1200 on the market it is difficult to know where to start looking but it does mean that for each style of property there will be a block paver to suit which makes block paving the most versatile type of paving. To find out how to choose the correct block click here
In summary block paving is a great method of paving as long as you have the time to keep up with the maintenance involved. One thing to consider is that all blocks are not made equal so in terms of deciding whether block paving is for the budget conscious this depends on taste, some block paved driveways such as granite can be extremely expensive whilst some can be relatively cheap. One thing is for sure and that is block paving if installed properly and well maintained will look great and last a long time.
Tarmacadam driveways are often misnamed Tarmac which is a public company that have copyrighted the use of the word, the actual term is ‘bitmac’.
Bitmac is another product which has been around for a very long time and most commonly used on roads and highways. It is installed by using hot tar and loose stones that are rolled onto an existing surface whilst still hot and compacted to create a level surface. To find out how to lay bitmac properly click here.
Bitmac has a bad reputation from past years due to many rogue traders offering to resurface driveways with inappropriate tools, experience and care. The main benefit of using bitmac for a driveway is cost effectiveness, for large areas this method can be extremely cost effective however for smaller areas it is very expensive and often not possible to install correctly. Other disadvantages of using bitmac include the moss and weeds that are attracted to it so it does require a medium level of maintenance, less than block paving however.
In summary bitmac driveways should only be considered for very large driveways where other methods of paving are too far out of reach in terms of budget.
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