The UK is perhaps best known for its wet and windy weather, with ineffective drainage a common bugbear for most homeowners.
When home improvements are on the cards, one of the first considerations is water drainage, simply because of the capacity of water to cause damage- and to cause it quickly.
Driveways bring with them a minefield of logistical issues. Those built on a slope will of course have run off in the direction of the slope, and if the main property is at a lower level to the road, the risk of water run off pooling around a house or business premises is high.
The Importance of Permeability
While there are architectural solutions to some of the problems, there are also solutions that lie in the materials used to construct driveways.
Most recently, resin bound driveways have become popular in Britain, because not only are they attractive, they also have no annoying loose gravel or stones-yet still enable water to drain through the surface effectively.
Considering the fact that water always takes the path of least resistance, these driveways capitalise on this occurrence, by boasting a downward direction for the subsequent water flow; a strategic method of driveway construction, which makes perfect logistical sense.
This prevents the build-up of puddles and streams that cause damage not only by eroding the surrounding garden or other structures, but also in preventing surface growth of algae and moss.