When it comes to considering your driveway, weighing up the pros and cons of each material is essential.
An informed consumer is an empowered consumer and the more preliminary research you do on available products, the more likely you are to make a confident and considered decision.
Every driveway has its drawbacks, but in the case of gravel driveways, the drawbacks seem to overwhelm any possible plus points…
Initial outlay vs. overall effectiveness
Everyone loves a good bargain, but when it comes to driveways, it really does seem that you get what you pay for. Gravel may be a low-cost option in respect of material, but over time, unsightly ruts and holes can quickly appear in your gravel driveway.
Consequently, you may very well end up paying more in the long run than you would have done if you opted for a slightly costlier, but more effective material, such as resin. Besides, if you invest in your driveway from the outset, you’ll reap the rewards when you find yourself selling your property for a tidy profit.
Displacement is one of the most pressing problems associated with gravel driveways, with loosened stones a regular occurrence. This is not only aesthetically displeasing, but also has the potential to worsen existing health conditions, such as asthma.
Every single time you pull in to your gravel driveway, dirt and dust is displaced. Yet this not only coats your car with an unsightly grey layer, it also releases the resulting dust particles into the air. If you suffer from breathing difficulties, such as emphysema or bronchitis, a gravel driveway should be avoided at all costs.
Gravel welcomes weeds
If you’re wanting a weed-free driveway, then a gravel driveway is unlikely to deliver. It’s no secret that this type of driveway is prone to weed growth. As one of the most common problems with gravel driveways, weeds are a constant menace to homeowners, and short of several cans of weed killer, there are precious few measures you can take. As a result, regrowth is pretty much inevitable, and can severely compromise your driveway’s aesthetics.
Limited colour choices
Granted, gravel driveways can easily complement various types of property, but they have limited aesthetic scope. Traditional colours are widely available, but if you’re after something more bespoke, then the bland stylistic offerings of gravel driveways will likely prove uninspiring.
Equally, if you’re after a driveway that’s set to stand out, or seeking a specific texture or pattern for your driveway then you would be wise to look elsewhere. In this regard, you’re better off considering a resin driveway, which provides you with a much more comprehensive collection of colours and styles to choose from.
Ineffective in extreme weather
If you’ve ever attempted to remove snow or ice from a gravel driveway, then you’ll realise what a futile task it turns out to be. Not only is it severely challenging, it’s also ridiculously time-consuming as well. In extremes of weather, gravel definitely doesn’t pass muster. Pieces of ice can easily become wedged in the gaps between each piece of gravel, making it uneven and slippery. A low-maintenance driveway is appealing at the best of times, yet in Winter it’s a necessity.
Resin to the rescue!
It may be quick to install but the problems with gravel driveways take a lot longer to resolve. Time is precious, and it’s a pretty safe bet to say that you would prefer to spend any spare hours with loved ones, rather than tending to a driveway.
No weeds, minimal maintenance, and no displacements-sounds like a dream come true right? Yet this is the reality with a resin bond or resin bound driveway. If you’re looking for a long-term solution that delivers on all fronts, then resin is the way forward this Winter.