As the first thing that visitors to your home will see when they pull up in their car, your driveway should ideally be in pristine cosmetic condition at all times. Even more importantly, the structural integrity of your driveway will be tested on a daily basis as one or more vehicles roll over it each morning and every evening. In order to avoid damage to both the driveway, the car and indeed yourself, it’s imperative you keep it in good shape throughout the years.
Knowing exactly when a driveway requires repaving is the first stage of the process. As undertaking a complete repaving of the area in question will incur a significant financial outlay, you’ll want to make sure that you get the timing right. On the other hand, putting the project off because of money woes, a hectic timetable or just plain old procrastination can result in the deterioration of its condition and potentially irretrievable consequences. Leaving things until it’s far too late is the least desirable of all outcomes.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take a good long look at your existing driveway and deliberate thoroughly over its current condition, how reliable it will be going forwards and whether or not you wish to revitalise or revamp its aesthetic appearance. If necessary, you might want to contact a professional paving company to hear their expert opinion on the topic. For those who prefer to evaluate things on their own, here are a few things to look out for when making your decision:
Age. The aging process is a natural one for all things, and over time it’s only to be expected that your driveway will show signs of wear and tear from the elements, vehicular traffic, oil spills, chewing gum and other unforeseen (and unwanted) factors. Asphalt drives in particular are susceptible to oxidation and fading, which can leave your driveway looking tired and lacklustre. In isolation, aging is not necessarily a reason for repaving your driveway completely, unless its advanced years are having an adverse effect on its structural integrity, or cosmetic appearance is a priority to you. ·
Cracking. Tiny cracks which appear on the surface of the asphalt or concrete can form spider web patterns, which may not seem to be too concerning at first glance. However, rainwater can easily penetrate these gaps and settle on the base level below, thus further compromising the driveway’s structure. While sealants and fillers can provide a quick fix, they’re not long-term solutions and sooner or later you should consider repaving the surface from scratch. At this point, you might want to consider a resin bound permeable driveway, which actively drains the water itself and thus provides considerable more longevity. ·
Holes. We all feel the suspension in our car at work when driving over a pothole on a country road or motorway and can imagine the damage this can do to the vehicle – especially if it happens on a regular basis. A sizable hole in your driveway means your car will have to traverse it every time you leave or arrive at your home, meaning the trauma is bound to take its toll sooner or later. What’s more, holes also represent a danger to pedestrians who can easily turn an ankle or worse. Finally, holes are receptacles for standing water and puddles, which not only look unsightly, but further exacerbate existing damage on the driveway. If you spot a hole in your own, it’s time to repave as soon as possible. Some other reasons why you might want to repave your driveway include freshening up its appearance or adding value to your home if it’s about to go on the market. A resin bound permeable driveway from SureSet ticks both of those boxes. With a wide range of colours on offer, you can choose the right hue to fit your environs, or even mix and match to create eye-catching patterns in front of your property. As an attractive alternative to traditional asphalt or concrete paving, you’ll be the toast of the town and the envy of your neighbours.
Moreover, the permeable paving used by SureSet does not require planning permission from the local council, making its installation much easier and less costly to put in motion. Its permeability can aid in drainage, water filtration and flood prevention, and you can even harvest the resultant rainwater for irrigation purposes if you wish. The process also uses natural and sustainable materials, meaning it’s kinder on the planet than its asphalt and concrete counterparts, and it’s fully compliant with the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) as well.
Because it discourages the collection of standing water and is constructed from these hard-wearing materials, permeable bound resin boasts impressive longevity in comparison to its competition. In fact, we’re so confident in the durability, lasting brilliance and low maintenance involved in our driveways that we offer a 21-year guarantee against colour change, cracking, frost damage, loose stones, oil damage and UV degradation. That’s enough time to put your firstborn through university! If you’d like to learn more about the driveway options open to you, or to obtain a bespoke quote for your specific circumstances, get in contact with us today. We’re waiting to hear from you!