Basics for creating fabulous driveways

To develop and build a stunning driveway for your property in St Albans, you need to take time to plan the construction properly and assess what is involved in the process and the type of materials you can use for modern driveways. In this guide, we’ll give an overview of these considerations.

The fundamentals

If you want to create a new driveway or restore an existing one, you’ll need to find a building company that is proficient in groundwork. This includes excavating earth installing a waterproof membrane that helps prevent the growth of weeds before filling the area with compressed hardcore to complete the foundation.

How your new driveway will account for water run-off will also require scrutiny. Driveways that incorporate impermeable materials will require planning permission, but well thought out drainage channels will resolve any planning issues.

Different materials for driveways

  • Gravel – The most economical way of covering a driveway is gravel. Available in various decorative colours, gravel is quick and easy to install. If opting for a gravel driveway, use edging stones to ensure the gravel remain tidy.
  • Concrete – A highly durable method of paving a driveway that requires very little maintenance but can be more costly to repair.
  • Block paving – A widespread choice for driveways, block paving can be arranged in many patterns and comes available in permeable and impermeable blocks.
  • Tarmac – Providing fantastic durability at a mid-range price point, Tarmac has an orderly aesthetic that provides a universal appeal.

Contact our driveway specialists today if you need advice on which type of driveway will best meet your needs and budget for your home in St Albans.