Getting a new driveway isn’t something you do every day. So it’s understandable if you’re not sure which surfacing material to use or when to get your driveway work done. If you have lots of questions, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out the answers to 8 top driveway FAQs.
What driveway surfacing materials are available?
Which driveway surfacing materials are permeable?
Gravel, asphalt, concrete and paving can all be permeable. However, certain sorts of asphalt and concrete are impermeable. This is why you should be exact about what material you want for your driveway. If you want a permeable driveway, you should ensure that your sub-base is also permeable.
What’s the cheapest driveway surfacing material?
Gravel is the least expensive driveway surfacing material. Asphalt costs a bit more than gravel, and concrete costs a lot more. The price of paving depends on the material you use.
Why do driveways sink?
Driveways tend to sink because they haven’t been installed properly. They might not have been dug deep enough, or the person installing it might not have used the correct materials.
Why do driveways crack?
Driveway surfacing materials like concrete, asphalt and clay brick tend to crack because they’ve been exposed to very high or low temperatures, or put under extreme pressure. Driveway cracks should be repaired quickly before they get worse and damage vehicles.
Should I seal my concrete driveway?
Sealing your driveway isn’t vital, but it is a good idea. It will help preserve your driveways good condition and should make it last longer. You should apply sealer roughly once every 2 years, or when your driveway starts to show signs of wear and tear.
When’s the best time to get driveway work done?
Driveway work is typically done in the warmer part of the year. That is partly to avoid bad weather. If you fancy getting ahead and avoiding waiting lists, you should try to get in touch with a driveway installer in early spring.
Do I have to be at home when my driveway work is being done?
Your installer must have access to your driveway and a power source. If they have these, you don’t have to be there while they are working on your driveway. However, it’s worth being at home if you can so you can clarify what you want and answer any questions.
Hopefully you’ve now had some of your questions answered. And if you need to know more, we’re here to help. Visit our news page for information and advice on driveway surfacing materials, driveway regulations and much more.