Driveways

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Getting a new driveway is an easy and effective way to give your property a new, fresh look. There are lots of different driveway surfacing materials, including gravel, asphalt, concrete and paving. These vary in durability, cost and appearance, and can suit a wide range of properties.

Product Overview

Types of Driveway Material

Gravel
Asphalt
Concrete
Paving
5 Reasons to Install a Gravel Driveway

5 Reasons to Install a Gravel Driveway

Gravel is a common material used to surface driveways. It suits a range of different property styles, and is particularly popular in rural areas. Gravel can come in lots of different colours, and many home owners chose to coordinate their drives with their properties.

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Price

From £8 per sq m

Installation time

1-3 days for a small domestic driveway


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Inexpensive compared to other driveway materials
  • Comes in lots of different shapes and colours
  • Easy to repair
  • Long lasting if well maintained
  • Short installation time
  • High maintenance – can develop holes and weed growth
  • Unsuitable for sloped driveways
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Asphalt

Asphalt

Asphalt is an oil-based driveway surfacing material. It’s usually made of crushed stone and bitumen, and is also used to construct and maintain roads. It’s often referred to as Tarmac, which is a product it’s very similar to. Asphalt is popular for its durability and clean, smooth finish.

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Price

From £13 per sq m

Installation time

2-3 days for a small domestic driveway


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Durable – can last up to 35 years
  • Inexpensive compared to other driveway materials
  • Flexible – unlikely to crack
  • Relatively easy to repair
  • Can get hot and soften in warm weather
  • Requires maintenance – needs cleaning and seal coating
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Concrete

Concrete

Concrete is another common driveway surface. Many people choose to use it because it is low maintenance and can last for a long time. It’s also popular because you can print coloured designs into concrete, and make it patterned or resemble another surface, like slate, granite or cobbles.

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Price

From £32 per sq m

Installation time

2-3 days for a small domestic driveway


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Durable – can last up to 50 years
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to clear and clean
  • Can be imprinted with attractive, coloured designs
  • Can crack in freezing weather or under extreme pressure
  • Can look mismatched when repaired
  • More expensive than gravel and asphalt
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Paving

Paving

Paving is another way to surface your driveway. It can be made of various materials, but is most commonly made up of concrete blocks or clay bricks. It’s popular with people looking for an aesthetically pleasing driveway, as it comes in lots of different colours, shapes and designs.

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Price

From £12 per sq m

Concrete

From £25 per sq m

Stone

From £50 per sq m

Clay brick

Installation time

1-3 days for a small domestic driveway


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Low maintenance
  • Comes in a range of different materials and attractive designs
  • Long lasting – should last at least 20 years
  • Easy to repair – you only need to repair or replace the damaged parts, and not the whole driveway
  • Clay paving can crack or break under pressure
  • Expensive compared to other driveway materials
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Estimated budget

£8 per m²
Low Estimate
£60 per m²
High Estimate

Driveway costs vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • the material you use
  • the size of your driveway
  • the design you choose
  • your location

To get an accurate price for your driveway project, get quotes from up to 4 reliable companies.