Installing a new driveway on your property is a brilliant way to make it easier to use and boost the appearance of your home. But with so many driveway surface materials to choose from, it can be hard to know which one to go for.
Some of the most popular driveway surface materials are gravel, asphalt, paving and concrete. We’ve put together some information on pricing and their advantages and disadvantages to help you make the right decision for you and your property.
Driveway surface costs
|Driveway surface||Price||Time to install a small driveway|
|Gravel||From £8 per m²||1-3 days|
|Asphalt||From £13 per m²||2-3 days|
|Paving||From £12 – 50 per m²||1-3 days|
|Concrete||From £32 per m²||2-3 days|
Be aware that these are just rough prices. General prices can vary according to your geographical area, the time of year and quality of the work. And then of course there’s the size of your driveway and the precise material you use.
Gravel prices can vary according to the type and size of stone you use. Plus, paving prices depend on the type of paving, and concrete driveways can be more expensive if you want colours or patterns.
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Material advantages and disadvantages
Certain driveway surface materials aren’t right for everyone. Take a look at the pros and cons of each material to help you decide which one will work best on your new driveway.
|Gravel||Possible to install and repair yourself
Comes in several shades and stone types
Reduces runoff by allowing rain to soak through to the ground
|Needs maintenance to keep it even
Develops weed growth easily
|Asphalt||Possible to patch and repair
Resistant to cracking and damage
|Prone to warping in high temperatures
Must be sealed every 2-5 years
|Paving||Easy to repair
Comes in several shades, materials, shapes and sizes
|Can develop cracks
Tricky to repair
|Concrete||Easy to look after
Comes in several shades and patterns
Unsuitable for repeated use by heavy vehicles
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