Gravel is an appealing material to use for a driveway. This material would allow you to make a surface that looks soft while actually remaining hard-wearing. However, there is a huge choice of gravel types, with implications for how they can be most successfully used to form surfaces.
This actually poses a problem, as you could accidentally invest in a driveway the gravel of which cannot be easily maintained. There is a big solution to this issue, however: a resin driveway.
It stands to resin: why use it for a driveway?
Naturally, your car’s wheels are often going to be moving back and forth on that driveway. Thus, this driveway needs to be sufficiently resilient not to easily wear away under the pressure of those tyres. That might seem to rule out gravel as a practical material for your driveway; as The Telegraph points out, power-steered machines can erode gravel over time.
However, you don’t strictly need to throw the gravel out with the bathwater. In fact, it’s not bathwater that you should consider combining with gravel, but instead resin. Driveways that are resin bonded or resin bound – yes, there is a difference – can capture much of the endearing look of gravel while being much easier to maintain.
A driveway that looks natural… but not too natural
The difference between resin bonded and resin bound gravel is fairly subtle – and concerns precisely how the gravel amalgam is made. With the former, a resin layer would be applied to the driveway before gravel is scattered on top of this resin that has yet to set. Meanwhile, for the latter, gravel and resin would be mixed, with the resulting substance what is then applied.
Whichever of these methods you would choose for your resin driveway, you would benefit from a driveway that looks very much like a natural surface of loose gravel. However, another plus point is that the gravel would still appear smart and tidy even after it is repeatedly driven on.
Look after the driveway? You might not need to
It’s fair to say that even a relatively standard gravel driveway is straightforward to maintain. Your maintenance responsibilities would be very few; they would be largely limited to, as The Spruce describes, throwing the occasional stray rock back onto the driveway and picking weeds that appear. You might also need to sometimes fill in gaps with additional gravel.
However, none of those three particular maintenance procedures would be necessary to regularly undertake if you had a resin driveway instead. Its surface would be smooth and free of loose stones. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that a resin driveway calls for virtually no maintenance.
Arranging for a resin driveway to be laid down does not have to be tricky. At your home in North East England, we could do the job for you – and it’d be possible for you to forgo seeking planning permission as well. You can phone our roofers Teesside company on 0191 417 3422.