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4 Most Popular Types of Driveways

19 June 2017
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The driveway can be an unnoticed constructive element of any construction, yet in several cases, it is what people stumble up first. A driveway seems to be the finest when the utility between the pattern of the construction and the surrounding landscapes resemble each other.

Driveway adds a finishing touch to the architecture and makes a distinct impression when viewed from the streets. Basically, there are choices for what you want your driveway surface to be, such as:

  • Decomposed Granite
  • Two Coat Gravel Driveways
  • Concrete Driveways
  • Hot Mix Asphalt Driveway

But, what type of driveway to have? What are the features, advantages, and disadvantages? Don’t know? 

This is a guide to benefits and drawbacks of using the driveways suitable for the construction and budget you adhere. 

Decomposed Granite Driveways


Decomposed Granite Driveways

Prepare the space for laying the Decomposed Granite. Then a landscaping fabric is supposed to be laid down and landscape edging should be mounted surrounding the perimeter. Next, the Decomposed Granite is placed and flattened. At this point, the driveway is all set to be used.

    Benefits

  • Laying it increases the aesthetic of the construction.
  • Easy in flattening the driveway.
  • A Budget-friendly option for a driveway.

    Drawbacks

  • Decomposed Granite driveway is difficult to maintain when completely dry.
  • When DG is wet, it comprises the tendency to stick the feet. 

Two Coat Gravel Driveways


Two Coat Gravel Driveways

The process starts by preparing a base first. After laying the base next is to spread a layer of Bitumen for sturdy effects. Once the layer is set, add one thin coat of coloured stones. Now spray another layer of Bitumen to produce a sand paper effect. Lastly, cover with a top layer of coloured stones. Add final finishing to the two coated gravel surface to access immediate walk and drive.

    Benefits

  • If appearance is essential, selecting right coloured gravel to match the construction is a good idea.

    Drawbacks

  • If thinking of constructing it on a steep incline, think twice! Two coat gravel driveway is saggy on the surface and can wash downhill easily.
  • A hoe is always needed to remove the heap of leaves and levelling the surface.

Concrete Driveways


Concrete Driveways

 Summarised process of laying Concrete Driveway:

  1. Measure the area and order the materials.
  2. Access the tools needed to carry the concrete driveway.
  3. Set up the ground for laying the concrete.
  4. Cut and lay the formwork essential for the structure.
  5. Pour the concrete in the set framework.
  6. Then flatten the concrete poured.
  7. Finishing the concrete surface.
  8. Level the concrete. Important tip - it has the tendency of strengthening quickly when mixed with water.
  9. Lastly, remove the framework for utilising the constructed concrete driveway.

Guide: how to build a concrete driveway

    Benefits

  • Concrete driveways last for 20 years.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.

    Drawbacks

  • Extra expenditure is to be made to re-colour the faded concrete surface in long run.
  • Budget is too expensive compared to hot mix asphalt driveways.
  • The Re-coating of a concrete driveway is not possible.
  • If not scrutinize on a regular base, it might end up inviting permanent stains and spots.
  • The life of the concrete driveway is not more than 20 years.

Hot Mix Asphalt Driveways


Hot Mix Asphalt Driveways

Hot mix asphalt is a mixture of Bitumen – combination of sand, gravel, and by-product of petroleum. It is also termed as Bitumen or Asphaltic Concrete. Generally, it is prepared at a very hot temperature of 170Deg. Laid on the roads in hot form so that it can turn solid at air temperature and can be driven at the very moment. 

    Benefits

  • Affordable as compared to other driveways.
  • Inexpensive re-coating process and highly durable.
  • An Asphalt driveway is easy to lay and offers immediate access to walk and drive easily.
  • Effortless to patch the repair. Say, for example, if a plumber puts trench across the driveway, can easily be patched up.

    Drawbacks

  • The base stays soft for the initial months so, avoid sharp turns by cars as it may end up dislocating the laying.
  • It has more tendency of absorbing petrol. Avoid filling lawn mowers on it.

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