The front of your home is the space that makes the first impression on people passing by, or visitors. You only get one shot at making that first impression, so it’s a good idea to use products such as non-slip coatings, high quality paints and anti-graffiti coating, to protect the outside space of your home, make it impressive to look at, and ensure it’s a safe space for people who come to visit.
The driveway of your home, is a vital aspect of the outside space. This is why it’s so important to make sure that it’s well maintained. It’s also important to make sure that the driveway of your property has a positive effect on first impressions. So, if you are designing a driveway in the near future, what do you need to think about?
What Shape Should Your Driveway Be?
The main choices for the shape of your driveway are straight, circular and curved. The choice you make may be partially determined by the current layout of your outside space. You need to take account of structures above ground, as well as anything that is lying beneath the ground, which may restrict the positioning of a driveway. This includes any power cables and gas mains that you do not want to interfere with.
You also need to thing about the aesthetics of driveway design. For instance, if your property is located a long way from the front gate, a curved or circular design, may be more pleasing on the eye. The same design will look over complicated, and may not be practical, if a shorter distance is involved.
What Is The Best Material To Use?
- Concrete is popular as a material for driveways, due to its high level of durability. It’s also easy to create designs in concrete, so you can add a personal touch to your outside space. If you choose concrete as the material for the driveway of your home, you should be aware that it can take a while for the concrete to harden. You should not use the driveway for a week, and you should not park heavy vehicles on it for a month. It’s also worth noting that concrete is an expensive material to use.
- Asphalt is another popular choice as a material, when creating a driveway. But, it does have a tendency to crack if it’s not sealed properly. You can stamp a pattern in an asphalt driveway, but the process tends to cost more than stamping a design in concrete.
- Gravel is a less expensive choice of driveway material than concrete or asphalt, and it does not cost as much to maintain, as there is nothing to crack or break. The problem with gravel is that it’s not as easy to clean, or to clear of snow. Gravel driveways can also be prone to weeds.
There are pros and cons to every choice of material for your driveway. You need to make decisions based on your budget and what you think will help to create the best look for your property.