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30/06/2022

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Driveway

 

After spending so much time perfecting the inside of your home, the surrounding landscaping, and the “curb appeal,” the last thing anyone wants to do is have a driveway that takes away from the home’s beauty. Homeowners often overlook their driveways or make updating the paving an after-thought, but by prioritizing your driveway with the right materials, you’ll notice that your home ends up looking more polished and pulled together.

 

Things to Consider When Paving a Driveway

Just like every home has a unique style, so does every driveway.You’ll want to think about the style that you want your driveway to have; perhaps you’re aiming for a cobblestone look to match your castle-like home or maybe you want something a bit more sleek that will complement your contemporary style. Whatever look you’re going for, keep in mind that driveways are usually heavy-traffic areas, requiring the right materials to ensure lasting quality. Here are all the things that we advise all our clients to think about before making an investment in materials for driveway paving:

 

Material Strength

Because of the heavy traffic, the strength of the material used is probably the most critical factor to consider. If you plan to use slabs, 50 mm is usually the perfect thickness, ensuring the slabs will last even with constant driveway use.

 

Longevity

It’s no secret to us that driveways are not a project any homeowner wants to redo often, so when you do decide to take the plunge, you want something that will last years to come. While concrete might be a cheaper option, using natural stone, like our Fossestone Collection will last longer and save you money in the long run.

 

Cost

No home renovation project comes with an endless budget (we wish!) so keeping your intended price point in mind is a great way to help make decisions for your driveway.

 

The Rise in Popularity of Paving Slabs

While classic stone driveways and more budget-friendly concrete driveways are commonly seen all over the UK, there has been a massive uptick in homeowners who choose to use paving slabs to redo their driveway. Paving slabs are small brick-like components that come together to make up your driveway.

These are a great option because they are durable, easy to transport and install, have a wonderful style factor, and last a long time. We also see customers who love these because they can be permeable, allowing rainwater to drain properly, and keeping your driveway in tip-top shape for years to come.

 

Aiming for Classic? Go Stone or Cobble

Both of these options will provide a classic driveway look that acts as the perfect exclamation point on your home. Everyone driving up will be enchanted by the overall look and feel of your home, and your driveway will play a huge role in that! At Hardy Stone Company, we offer a large selection of stone and cobble driveway products so you can find the colour and style that suits your needs.

 

Invest in Your Home; Invest in Your Driveway

We’ve seen far too many homeowners make the mistake of neglecting their driveway or making it the last priority on their list. You may think it won’t matter if you select the cheapest option or pick a driveway material that doesn’t complement your home, but down the line, you’ll have to fix it again. Instead, find something that is exactly what you’re looking for the first time. Our team can’t wait to make all your driveway dreams come true!

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