If you’re planning to revamp your garden or driveway, then the type of paving used can make a noticeable difference. Outdoor landscaping is a tricky job because there are simply so many choices! The design will specify the areas where you’ll be installing paving, artificial grass or lawn, pathways, decking and plant beds – but then you have to choose the style of each component.
In addition to the stylistic features of the paving or decking, you also need to consider its practicality and durability. You might also want to check that the product can cope with hot sunny weather as well as temperatures below freezing, and whether it’s an eco-friendly option. After all, a home improvement should stand the test of time.
Let’s take a look at some popular paving options to help you find out which type is best for your home and will ensure you’re the envy of all the neighbours!
Resin Bound paving
Beautiful and hard-wearing, SureSet resin bound paving makes the perfect surface for driveways and patios. It offers a smooth, flat surface which is easy to walk on, drive on, or let the kids play on. In addition to being highly practical, permeable resin paving is available in a wide choice of colours and textures to suit any outdoor space. The crushed marble range has a unique look and many different colour varieties. If this option sounds like a great fit for your garden, be sure to opt for resin bound paving rather than resin bonded, which won’t last as long.
Versatility is not the only reason to consider choosing SureSet resin bound paving. Its permeability means you don’t require planning permission, and it means rain and snowmelt doesn’t form puddles – and that means there’s less chance of slipping hazards and of moss or algae growth. Plus, resin bound paving is easy to keep clean.
Gravel can be used to soften a landscape and works well with other garden design features. Again there’s a myriad of choices with this type of paving, from the size and shape of the stones to the colour. While it is an affordable option, beware that it could need some maintaining and weeds could pop through.
There’s something wonderfully rural about the sight of a gravel driveway, as well as the sound of gravel crunching underfoot, but there should be more to your choice of paving than sights and sounds. The option certainly has its pros, but there also are cons to contend with – gravel can be dirty and dusty, ruts can form, thereby creating an uneven surface in which water pools, snow removal can displace some of the gravel, and weeds require regular treatment and removal.
There is however, a cost effective way to bind clean loose gravel together for easy maintenance, take a look at PourOn.
If you have a red brick house then you may wish to have a driveway to match. Brick paving adds warmth to the space thanks to its reddish tones, and can be used to make a variety of different patterns. It has advantages over concrete, such as it doesn’t lose its colour over time and can last for decades without much maintenance. However, brick paving offers a limited colour choice compared to other options.
One of the most popular paving options, asphalt is economical and long-lasting, if well maintained, and makes an ideal base for heavy traffic areas for resin bound. That said, a downside to asphalt paving is that there aren’t any style options. What’s more, most of the asphalt used for driveways is not permeable, which mean you need to apply for planning permission, and you need to deal with runoff water, be sure to specify permeable asphalt for resin bound installations.
A relatively versatile material that comes with aesthetics options but is not necessarily the best in extreme climates – and, yes, that includes the UK! The extreme cold of late winter and early spring can cause concrete to crack and buckle. Concrete is another popular paving option. However, it does have some drawbacks. One of them is that, depending on the nature of the project, concrete can be expensive with additional preparation work and expansion joints needed. Another con is that it requires regular sealing (every two years or so) to prevent stains caused by water and other substances.
Cobbles and Setts
There’s something wonderfully old fashioned about cobbles and setts, but as charming as they are, they’re not the most practical of paving options. The work involved in laying cobbles and setts, as well as both options being prone to elemental and other damage, makes them unsuitable for large projects that would see heavy or regular use, such as driveways. Whether individually unique cobbles or more regular granite setts, they’re better suited to borders and to small areas in the garden.
Making A Decision
To decide which paving is best you need to match it to the application – for example is it for a driveway, a pathway or a patio? You can always use a mixture of materials to create the perfect garden.
Use the following pointers to help you choose the best paving option for your project:
The main purpose – As mentioned above, the first thing to consider is the main use of the area to be paved.
The style of the home or building – The paving you choose should match the overall aesthetic of the property.
The budget – There’s more to budget than the initial costs of paving the area: have you considered long-term costs such as cleaning and other maintenance?
Durable, versatile, permeable, and available in a range of materials and colours, SureSet is the sensible option when it comes to residential and commercial paving projects.