Whether you are building a new home, or renovating an older property, it is likely that your drives and paths will be a focal point of your front garden. There are a wide choice of options available, with different driveway types being better suited to different situations.
Most materials used in drives and paths are now available in a range of different colours, styles and shapes. The creativity of your driveway is further enhanced with the introduction of pattern imprinted concrete driveways, which are available in an extremely wide selection of patterns and colours. Having a wide range of driveway styles to choose from allows you to pick your ideal drive, whether price, functionality, aesthetics or a combination of everything is important.
Drive & Path Prices are likely to influence the type of driveway you choose, as you will need to remain within your allocated budgets. Many driveway types offer both premium and standard materials, and choosing a cheaper material can often deliver a similar result to a premium material, but without the higher prices. A good example is block paving, which has a wide range of prices for both premium and standard pavers.
Before deciding on your driveway type, check what maintenance is required. Most hard surface drives and paths (such as concrete, tarmac, resin, pavers, etc.) will require driveway cleaning, to remove dirt, grime, stains, weeds and mould. Gravel drives and paths need to be flattened and have higher problems with weeds than other types of driveway materials.
Consider Multiple Materials
Gone are the days when you had to choose either concrete or paving, as nowadays most installers can provide an array of different driveway and path materials. Perhaps you want a resin driveway with a paved border, or a concrete drive with gravel paths. What you choose is up to your imagination, and different combinations can not only be functional, but they can also look great too.
Another benefit of combining materials is that it will often be cheaper. The cost of different materials varies, and choosing a more affordable driveway type combined with a more expensive path style, will make the overall costs cheaper than if you only had the more expensive material.