Parking the car used to be easy. It sat on the road outside the house. Then came garages, that was even better, until the family grew and the garage filled with bikes, broken toys, the old spare bed, pots of paint etc etc etc. If that wasn’t enough you needed a second car, parking became a problem, but before you knew it, the children were buying cars, visitors were calling, next door neighbors were parking in your spot!!! Sound familiar?
Don’t worry, we have the answer.
Our driveways can be tailored to your requirements and are fully SUDS compliant.
Blocks or cobbles for a traditional look, gravel that won’t rut or pothole, permeable surfaces or built in drainage, a drive from us will last a lifetime without sinking or breaking up and we can keep it in top condition for you all year round.
Let’s look at what you could do with a driveway.
The first thing to mention is that like most jobs the preparation is key. The reason drives sink or pot hole is usually poor preparation, cost cutting or lack of understanding. Some things are out of your control such as tree roots or subsidence so it is good to choose a finish that can be repaired. What ever finish you choose it will last a long time but only if it is laid on a suitable foundation. All drives need a good solid base. That means digging out, laying a membrane and compacting the correct amount of hardcore. Then you level with a screed layer, most use sharp sand but we prefer a 5mm gravel, it is harder, doesn’t require compacting and holds no water so drains better.
So now we are ready to lay our finish. So you can make an informed choice here are the options.
Concrete (inc. pattern imprinted.)
This is a very hard and strong mix of aggregate, sand and cement. (Pattern imprinted also has a fibre added to strengthen the molded finish.) Not to everyones taste it is generally maintenance free and will last a long time if it is laid thick enough. Because it is one seamless sheet it can be prone to cracking after years or heavy use and once it cracks it is impossible to repair. Pattern imprinted is pigmented with colour and this will fade over the years and the surface may start to break up. It can be quite expensive and is not very friendly to the environment.