There are many different types of driveways to choose from and deciding on the best driveway material for you will depend on several factors. 

Driveway Ideas

The most popular types of driveways in the UK are:

  • Pattern imprinted concrete
  • Resin (bound or bonded)
  • Indian Stone
  • Block Paving
  • Gravel (or crushed stone)
  • Tarmac or Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Cobblestone

We can install many different kinds of drives and patios, but we specialise in decorative printed concrete because we think it looks amazing, gives you the most options for customisation with shapes and colours, and most importantly, is a high quality, long-lasting material.


If are looking for new driveway ideas for your home, you’ll have to decide which type of material is best for you. There’s lots to think about when choosing between driveway surfaces, including both the practicality and the cost. Some might be cheaper than others for the raw material, whilst others may be more expensive to install. Some types of driveways will last longer than others, whilst some will require more upkeep and maintenance.

Resin-bound driveways or the closely related resin-bonded driveways are an increasingly popular choice, as they offer a range of colour choices and flexibility. Resin-bound driveways are water permeable. But they can easily crack if not prepared correctly, and the top surface can move or lift up. It’s hard to repair if a problem does develop.

Indian stone driveways are an increasingly common sight too, as they provide a great natural sandstone aesthetic, with a choice of patterns and colours. However, sizing and colours are limited, and their strength isn’t great. And as with block paving, individual flags can wobble, become loose or sprout weeds in between then.

Block paving driveways such as flags and slabs, or small concrete blocks, are a popular choice for many homeowners, but certain patterns require precise laying which increases installation costs. Many flagged driveways are quite bland, as attractive options cost more money. They can also attract moss and algae easily, requiring more regular cleaning.

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Stone and gravel driveways are a good choice if you want to deter burglars, because they are loud when parking your car or walking over them. They’re one of the cheapest options available, but you may need to ‘top-up’ your driveway often. And because they can be laid directly onto the ground, your drive will need regular maintenance, garden membrane and strong weed killer to prevent weeds and grasses from growing.

Tarmac driveways (or asphalt) can look smooth and pristine when applied correctly, matching the road outside your home. But colour choices are very limited, and whilst it should be long lasting, many deteriorate quickly because chemicals and oils (from cars and bikes) react with and dissolve the tarmac.

Cobblestone or brick driveways are not as common as they used to be, but they can really enhance the period feel of a house. However they are expensive because they are unusual, and require specialist installation. These types of driveways can also become very slippery when wet as well.

But choosing pattern imprinted concrete driveways (also known as decorative or stamped concrete) gives you a long-lasting, extremely strong surface that can hold heavy weights and requires very little maintenance.

On top of that, you also get the biggest choice of patterns, colours and designs, making your new driveway options completely flexible.

As with any type of driveway, concrete does have some downsides – it could crack and isn’t water permeable – but a good driveway company like us will take care of that, with all the necessary expansions joints and drainage requirements included in our installation. For more info:

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Is patterned concrete the best driveway material? 

It is widely considered to be the most popular choice for a new driveway: it’s long-lasting and reasonably priced – which makes it very cost effective in the long run. And with the flexibility, you can have a driveway that looks any way you want!

Learn more about the benefits of pattern imprinted concrete, or start planning your new driveway with us:

How to choose the best type of driveway:


  • Think about the functionality and practicality you require – is it just for looks, or will it get heavy use?
  • Consider the available space – are there straight lines, or do you want an unusual shape?
  • Are you prepared to maintain your driveway regularly, or do you want it to be hassle-free?
  • Are you trying to establish a certain look or feel?
  • Plan out your budget and the costs of each type of driveway

Remember pattern imprinted concrete can be used to create the look of many different driveway types, and it’s very practical! Need more inspiration? Take a look at our Driveway Ideas.

Are there different types of concrete driveways?


There are many different types of concrete driveways, including both concrete blocks and poured concrete. The great thing about pattern imprinted concrete is that is can be used to create any kind of driveway you would like.

It’s a material that offers so much flexibility, you can choose between dozens of patterns and colours, designs your own shapes and styles, and add lots of additional features.

With the right design and installation, a stamped concrete driveway provides a stunning addition to your home – whether you live in Manchester, Liverpool or anywhere in Yorkshire and the North West.




Well, the biggest benefit is that it adds value to your property, with a long-lasting, durable material that looks new for many years AND requires very little maintenance. No weeding, no worrying about chemical spills, and no cracks or loose stones.

I’m ready to book a free design visit, plan my own driveway and transform my home! (Or if youd just like to find out a bit more information, download our brochure)


The versatility of pattern imprinted concrete sets it apart from other types of driveways. Every drive can be unique, as you can have virtually any design you want, changing colours, patterns, edges, borders and several different features.

They can be shaped to any circumstances, simply poured to the exact style of driveway you would like.


Pattern imprinted concrete driveways are a high quality, cost effective option, and should definitely be considered when you’re looking at different types of drives. The best way to learn more about the material and the installation process is to download our dedicated brochure.

To get a personal quote for your driveway, and start designing the beautiful new addition to your home, tell us a few simple details and we’ll be in touch.

We install pattern imprinted concrete in all locations across the North West, whether you need a new driveway in Oldham or Lancaster, or a new patio in Stockport or Crewe

Find out everything you need to know to get started:


Discuss your ideas with one of our driveway specialists:

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