Driveway Improvements

Category: Sureset Blog

Posted 4th July 2012 by Marketing Team

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Don’t just settle for a black slab of tired tarmac or colourless concrete leading up to the house. Your home should be a statement and what better way to make a statement than with a stunning and fully customised driveway.

Your driveway can be used to complement the colour and looks of your home and create a lasting impression which will keep making an impact for many years to come. There’s more to it than the type and colour of the paving material, of course. Other elements can transform the area into much more than a bog-standard drive, and one that not only enhances the beauty of your home, but also increases its value.

There’s more to it than the type and colour of the paving material, of course. Other elements can transform the area into much more than a bog-standard drive, and one that not only enhances the beauty of your home, but also increases its value.

Tip 1 – Choose Permeable Paving

There are several benefits to choosing SureSet resin bound permeable paving for your driveway. One benefit is that you don’t require planning permission if your paving material is permeable. This became law in the UK in 2008, partly to encourage the use of permeable materials to combat rainwater runoff’s contribution to urban flooding.

Another benefit is that the lack of pools and puddles of water means there’s less chance of slipping, and of algae or moss growing on your driveway. What’s more, our paving’s easy to clean and to maintain.

Tip 2 – Complement Your Home’s Colour

Colour is one of the easiest ways to improve your driveway, and here at SureSet, you’ll find permeable resin bound paving in a variety of shades. While contrast can work, complementing the colour of your home is the safer option, and the easiest way to do that’s to choose a colour that’s already present somewhere on the façade. It’s best to stick to a single tone, but if you want to add a design, such as a crest or decorative motif, that’s possible with SureSet.

Tip 3 – Incorporate Edging

If you’re using our resin bound paving as part of your driveway improvements, there’s a good chance you’ll need to use edging. That’s not a bad thing, as attractive edging looks neat and adds definition to the space. It also protects beds, borders, and lawns.

Our edging range includes regular and formable aluminium stainless steel straight profiles, and aluminium and anodised aluminium step profiles. Use other edging options, such as kerb stones, concrete pavers, Belgian blocks, railway ties, and cobblestone pavers, if preferred. If you want a soft look, consider shapes that are angled and splayed, but if you want a more contemporary look, go for squared-off, angular designs.

Tip 4 – Add Lighting

Good lighting is practical and attractive, and no driveway should be without it. The practical aspects boil down to safety and security. Depending on the placement, lights can guide vehicles from the gate to the garage or front door, and they can help residents and guests make their way safely from vehicle to house.

The array of light fittings available offer an infinite number of design possibilities. You’ll find graceful lamp posts, downlighters that create pools of light, wall-mounted options, and ground or paving lights that can withstand being driven over. Ground lights can be easily laid in a driveway paved with SureSet.

Tip 5 – Frame Your Driveway With Borders

Use colourful borders to enhance your driveway all year ‘round. Choose a mix of annuals, perennials, deciduous, and evergreen plants and shrubs, focusing on species that you’d find growing naturally in your area. They would be best suited to the local climate, which means less maintenance for you.

When deciding on what to plant, consider colour, texture, leaf and growth shape, and whether at least some plants can provide nectar-rich flowers for bees and berries or nuts for birds, especially during winter. Alternatively, choose colours that will complement or contrast with that of the paving.

Choose tall swaying plants and shrubs the height of which will balance the paved expanse of the drive. The permeability of the paving also means rainwater will nourish your plants rather than being lost as runoff.

Tip 6 – Install A Water Feature

Fountains and other water features have been used to beautify spaces for thousands of years. One of the reasons for their popularity is that many people feel calmer when they’re around water – and scientists, such as University of Exeter environmental psychologist Mathew White, still haven’t identified the reasons for this. Whatever they are, you can add a welcome sight to your driveway by installing a water feature.

A sunken pond might not be the best option, as it risks becoming invisible to people passing it in a car. Consider using a tiered fountain, a wall fountain, or a column fountain to create a focal point at the end of the driveway.

Tip 7 – Add A Gate

A driveway can look incomplete without a gate. If you don’t have a gate, or if yours is in need of replacement, consider improving your driveway by adding one. Short or tall, plain or ornate, you’ll find it adds the finishing touch.

SureSet – A Top Choice

In 2012, an Approved Installers in Birmingham installed the driveway, that you can see in the gallery below. The customer chose 6mm Natural Aggregate which beautifully complements the Tudor style building.

Providing a wide range of colours and materials you will have no problem finding the right product to add value to your home. If you already have a tarmac or a concrete base, a new layer of resin bound material can be laid directly on top and if you require base works then details of your nearest Approved Installer can be provided.

If you want to add value to your home and create a striking and long-lasting driveway then contact us today to request a free quotation.

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