While there are many types of materials that will work for a driveway, like concrete, asphalt or pavers, gravel is a great option for homeowners looking to get a new driveway installed, or just to improve their space.
So, why choose gravel?
There are many types of gravel that comes in many different colors, sizes, allowing homeowners to choose what look they are going for.
It is recommended that anyone looking for a specific color of gravel for your gravel driveway go to their local landscaping centre and see what types are offered before ordering a large load, as each load of gravel can be a different color due to where it was mined.
Depending on what your driveway is used for, there can be little to no maintenance when it comes to using gravel for your driveway. If you are wanting to fix any pot holes or unevenness, a gravel renovation will be able to make your driveway look brand new but it is not necessary.
Gravel can highlight the true beauty of any surrounding landscape. If your yard already has a lot of hardscaping, such as sidewalks, pathways, retaining walls, a concrete or paver driveway may be overbearing to the look of your home. Adding a simple gravel driveway will allow the rest of your yard to stand out, and highlight the areas that are hardscaped.
You are moving in a couple of years
Gravel driveways are usually more cost effective than a paver, concrete or asphalt driveway. If you are planning on moving in a couple of years, it may make sense for you to spend less on your driveway renovation. The beauty of this is that you will still be able to get an aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance driveway.
You need a new driveway fast
Gravel driveways usually take a day or two to install, and are ready to use as soon as they are compacted. If you are in need of a driveway quickly due to the weather changing into winter or you need parking for your trailer or RV, they are the way to go.
Gravel allows water to dissipate into the ground without doing any damage to your driveway. If you live in a climate where it rains quite a bit, or you frequently wash vehicles and machines, it makes sense to have a gravel driveway installed.
You have a long driveway
In rural areas, gravel is the material of choice for driveways. This is because gravel is fairly low cost and easier to maintain than an asphalt, paver or concrete driveways, and most driveways in rural areas are long. With regular maintenance, gravel driveways can last for generations, and can handle high traffic, making it the perfect solution for a large driveway.
Gravel driveways are a great alternative to other materials as they allow the natural beauty of your yard stand out, are great for drainage, and can be customized for any look you are going for.