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How to Work out Which Driveway Surface Material is For You

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.

Want more of a precise idea of how much your new driveway could cost? Complete our simple online form to get free quotes from driveway professionals working in your area.

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.

Driveway surface Advantages Disadvantages
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


Long lifetime

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

Long lifetime

Can develop cracks


Tricky to repair

Concrete Easy to look after


Comes in several shades and patterns

Long lifetime



Unsuitable for repeated use by heavy vehicles

Do you need expert advice or prices for your new driveway? Complete our short online form and get put in touch with up to 4 driveway professionals working in your area.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.