The quick guide to choosing your driveway

Exteriors, General

Driveways are a key part of your home in that they’re constantly on display to the world. They’re the first thing you’ll see every night as you come home, and they’re also the first thing that any guests to your home will see. That’s why you want to make sure that your driveway suits your property, and more importantly, brings out its best assets. Follow our guide in order to get it right.driveway

First of all, how much are you looking to spend on your driveway? As always, money is a deciding factor in this process. You want to make your home stand out, but you also want to be realistic about what it is that you can afford, that keeps you within budget. Remember to factor in how long your driveway is; longer driveways will require larger costs than shorter ones.

Now that you’ve got your budget decided, it’s time to think about what options this opens up to you. For those of you on a tight budget, have you thought about loose materials? Gravel and stone are two options which won’t totally blow all of your budget, but which will offer you good value for money. They’re efficient, long lasting, and they don’t tend to require much maintenance. If you want to splurge a little bit more and are particularly keen to think about aesthetics, then concrete or asphalt could be something to consider. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to have a generous budget, then why not go for granite or flagstone paving. Either will make your home look instantly more elegant.

Next you need to think about the bigger picture. What sort of driveways do your neighbours have? You want to make sure that it doesn’t look like too much of an eyesore in comparison to the rest of your street, as this could put off potential buyers when you eventually sell your home. You also need to remember to check that your house is not in a conservation area. If you find out that it is, then you need to be aware of any planning restrictions.

Last but not least, you need to make sure that your driveway is also practical- after all, it’s there to do a job as well as look nice! If you or anyone in your family have mobility issues, then is a driveway where there’s a strong potential for you to slip, really a good idea? Most likely not.

A driveway doesn’t have to just be a place to keep your car. Think of it as an important part of your house and you can’t go wrong

One thought on “The quick guide to choosing your driveway

  1. Resin stone driveways look really nice and are fairly low maintenance, we had ours to replace a standard paved driveway for our property in South Wales. Not all properties are suitable though due to different surfaces outside the home. We used a company – http://www.southwalesresindriveways – to do ours and they came out and did everything, from survey to design to build. Well recommended.

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