INSPIRATIONAL DRIVEWAY IDEAS & THE DIFFERENT
TYPES OF DRIVEWAYS
Take a look at the different types of surfaces you could have for your new driveway, and the top driveway ideas to transform your home.
The most popular types of driveways in the UK are:
- Pattern imprinted concrete driveways
- Resin (bound or bonded)
- Indian Stone
- Block Paving
- Gravel (or crushed stone)
- Tarmac or Asphalt
UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT FRONT DRIVEWAY IDEAS AND TYPES
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 so perhaps not the best idea for your driveway if you’re on a budget. Many flagged driveways are quite bland, as attractive options cost more money. They can also attract moss and algae easily, requiring more regular cleaning.
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 affordable driveway 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) are a cheaper option and might be an idea for a small front garden driveway if you’re on a budget. It 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, so perhaps not the best idea if you’re driveway is sloped.
One of the best things about pattern imprinted concrete is that it offers so many different ideas for your new driveway, with the biggest range of patterns, colours, designs and styles to choose from.
As with any type of driveway, concrete does have some downsides – it could crack and isn’t water permeable – but a good driveway company will take care of that. For example, we include all the necessary expansions joints and drainage requirements in our installation.
Whatever type of surface you choose for your new driveway, make sure you plan the style and layout using our suggested ideas and inspiration below – to help you maximise space, impact and effectiveness.
If you’re ready to transform your home, we can help you start designing your perfect driveway now. (Or you can learn more about us and our processes in our brochure)
Transform the look and feel of your home, and increase its value,
with the Top Driveway Ideas and Designs:
1. Create a curved, sweeping driveway shape
2. Add a stunning border or a contrasting edge
3. Choose the colours and patterns to complement your home
4. Install steps and pathways for practicality and as a central feature
5. Raise flowerbeds around your driveway to bring extra colour and greenery
6. Include standout features and geometric patterns
7. Incorporate security features to protect your drive
8. Add outdoor lighting to brighten your drive at night
9. Build dedicated bin storage into a new driveway
I’m ready to book a free design visit, plan my own driveway and transform my home! (Or if you’d just like to find out a bit more information, download our brochure)
CHOOSING YOUR PERFECT NEW DRIVEWAY
We’ve given you lots of ideas to think about for your new driveway, and plenty of pros and cons to consider for each type of surface. The great thing about choosing a new driveway is that you get to decide exactly what you’d like! Any idea or design you have in mind can be made into a reality.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT
- How will you use your new drive? Focus on practicalities.
- How much space do you have available? Will you use it all?
- Is maintenance going to be easy, or will it be a problem?
- Should your drive match the style & period of your home?
- What budget do you have for your new driveway?
WHAT TO DO NEXT
- Decide where you’d like your new driveway to go
- Look at colours and patterns, and choose your favourite
- Add any extra features, like steps, paths, fences and gates
- Get in touch with a driveway company like us, for accurate measurements, a free design and an installation estimate
- Let us do all the hard work
- ENJOY YOUR NEW DRIVEWAY!
Pattern imprinted concrete is a great idea for your new driveway. It’s a high quality, cost effective option, and should definitely be considered when you’re looking at different types of drives. 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 new driveway will be a beautiful new addition to your home, transforming its look and feel – and adding value!
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