There are so many factors to consider when thinking of driveway ideas. Some of the key factors include what kind of outcome you are expecting, how the driveway compliments your property, the driveway material to be used, the cost of installation and whether the driveway would slope or not. You may also think of the planning permission implications of the driveway if any. This takes into account the drainage provision and the kind of surface.
Whatever the final decision, driveways have an impact on the value of your home and therefore choosing the right material, colour, style and design are all very important. Also finding the best driveway paving experts in your area could give you an edge as they serve as a resource for guidance and to bounce ideas off. They can help you articulate your ideas so that you understand if they are realistic and will fit your budget. Here, we are looking at driveway options and their estimated costs based on an average driveway of 25 sqm.
Types of Driveways
Concrete driveways are considered the most basic driveways. Concrete consists of a mixture of cement, sand and water. Once the driveway surface has been cleared and prepared, concrete is poured on the surface, levelled and allowed to dry over a period of time. The surface created is a hard-wearing and long lasting driveway.
For this driveway the focus is functionality rather than aesthetics. It is relatively cheap and lasts for longer periods with little to no maintenance required. There is the option of imprinted concrete driveway if you are after an affordable driveway that is visually appealing. It follows the same process of levelling the surface and pouring concrete only in this case designs are added before the concrete sets and dries up. You can also combine colours to freshen it up.
The average Concrete Driveways cost ranges from £800 to £1300 per sqm with the latter being the cost for imprinted concrete.
This consists of small stones or gravel laid on a prepared surface and compressed into a hard foundation. Gravel has a traditional aesthetic appeal. It is reasonably affordable but does not last for a very long time. One common feature is the noise it makes when people are walking or driving on it. The maintenance cost is high as weeds grow on it and depending on the type of surface level, it could be washed away in heavy downpours. It can also challenging to clear after snow fall or snow storms.
Average Gravel Driveway cost starts from £750 per 25 sqm.
Resin driveways are durable, look good and are relatively affordable. They have become a popular driveway option for many that are not attracted to the Gravel or Concrete options. Resin is a substance of synthetic origin that is converted into polymers. It is close to plastic.
There are two options for resin driveways – bound and bonded. Resin-bound is a mixture of aggregate stones and resin. Resin bonded involves applying a film of resin layer on top of an existing surface which could be stones or other materials. Resin bonded is the cheaper option as it involves a layer of aggregates scattered over the top of resin. This can become lose overtime.
Average Resin Driveway cost starts from £1000 per 25 sqm.
Asphalt is an oil based product. It is reasonably priced but may fluctuate from time to time. If properly installed an asphalt driveway is similar to a concrete driveway. Tarmac is a brand name of asphalt. It is well suited to the UK climate and has extensively been used on walking paths and UK roads. It can last for 20 years but can easily suffer wear and tear from weather conditions and usage which means it will need to be resurfaced after a while.
Average Tarmac Driveway cost starts from £900 per 25 sqm.
Block Paving Driveways
Block Paving Driveways consists of paved blocks laid out over a surface with interlocking to hold the blocks together and strengthen the driveway. Block paving is more expensive compared to concrete, gravel and asphalt driveways due to its versatility and the aesthetic value it brings to a property. It will increase the value of a property when installed properly. In addition, the paving blocks can come in various styles, sizes, colours and designs which makes it appealing whether you are after a traditional or modern design. The great advantage of block paving driveways is that the paving blocks can individually be repaired or fixed without having to reap off the whole or parts of the driveway. The main disadvantage is that weeds tend to grow between the blocks which takes away the aesthetic appeal if not cleared regularly. Block paving driveways need regular maintenance to keep them in great shape.
Average Resin Driveway costs start from £1500 per 25 sqm.