A concrete driveway is functional; after all, it’s much preferable to drive onto this then it is to attempt to park your car in the mud. Unfortunately, concrete is one of the most popular materials for driveways in Australia.
Alongside the fact that concrete is relatively ugly, it is bad for the environment and can even be detrimental to your health.
Fortunately, you do not need to put up with this monstrosity in your home. There are several attractive and affordable alternatives:
Resin Bound Paving
This type of surface is a mixture of aggregate and a specially formulated resin. It is like gluing your gravel driveway together, but it creates a flat surface, more comfortable than walking or lying on gravel.
This paving is slightly flexible, which helps to prevent it from cracking. But perhaps the greatest part of choosing this surface is that you can have it in various colors, made to match your home and your tastes.
An alternative to concrete which is usually slightly cheaper than resin, is to use gravel; However, as with resin, you will need to dig out and hardcore under the gravel if you wish it to take the weight of your vehicle.
Gravel can be displaced b people and vehicles moving over it; you will need to ensure it is properly contained. However, it can be supplied in a wide variety of colors which heightens its appeal.
It is possible to use either block paving, which is aid onto hardcore covered in sand, or paving stones. This can create an attractive-looking drive, although the block paving is usually red.
Paving slabs can be difficult to lay without using a concrete base as they will sink at different rates giving an uneven surface.
Of course, if you have a concrete driveway you are attempting to get rid of, this could be the perfect base for them. They are only available in a limited range of colors, but they can be set as alternatives to create an interesting pattern.
It is worth noting that both types of paving can have a design incorporated into the middle of them; this can be a great way to display a logo or house name.
Asphalt can also be ugly, but the shiny back look is generally more attractive than the look of concrete. It is easy to lay and long-lasting; you can even get it in various colors!
If your current budget doesn’t stretch to replacing your ugly concrete driveway, then you should consider changing the focus. Add plants to the edge of the driveway; perhaps feature plants or small potted trees to the gate posts and something on the side of the house that catches the eye.
This will all draw visitors’ eyes away from the driveway; they’ll never notice if it’s ugly or not!
Driveways need to be well constructed to handle your vehicle going up and down them every day; it is advisable to use the services of a professional.