In the UK, there are a wide number of driveways to choose from, ensuring even the the most obscure needs and requirements can be met. Driveways are available in all sizes, shapes, colours and patterns, and there has never been a better time to create your ideal drive.

Your driveway is likely to be one of the focal points of your homes exterior, and one of the first things you and your guest see as you arrive home. It is important that you choose a driveway type and style that suits your tastes, budget and fits with your home.

Driveway Types

There are a number different driveway types available throughout the UK. Below are some of the most common styles and types.

Block Paving

One of the most popular types of outdoor hard surfaces in the UK, block paving can be used for most outdoor hard surfaces. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes, and talented installers can provide customised patterns. They are long lasting, but do require some ongoing maintenance to ensure their longevity.

Concrete & Imprinted Concrete

Concrete drives have been used for some time, but in the last decade there has been a shift towards imprinted concrete driveways. Concrete is hard wearing, and little maintenance is required. Imprinted driveways can be coloured and have patterns added to enhance the appearance of the drive.


Also used on many UK roads, tarmac drives provide a strong and reliable surface to park your vehicle. They are cheap to install, and require little maintenance. It is important to be mindful of oil and petrol leaks, as these can deteriorate the tarmac, and repairs are often unsightly and difficult.


Gravel is an attractive and practical driveway surface. They can be used to deter burglars, and also look great, with a wide choice of colours available. If you change your mind about your gravel colour, it can be easily changed. Weeds can be a problem with gravel drives, and flattening/levelling is occasionally required.

For some inspiration on drive and path choices, why not check out Driveway Ideas page.