You may have been able to overlook the problems with your old driveway during the summer, but now winter is on its way things may be looking rather shabby.
When it’s dry and the sun’s shining, the cracked paving and uneven surfaces don’t seem to matter. But when the sky is grey and puddles are forming outside your front door your driveway can become a big problem.
Put safety first
Outdoor domestic dangers increase during the winter months when tripping and slipping become commonplace. It’s essential to review your driveway and look for any potential hazards.
Is the ground level throughout? When it rains, do you have to navigate past puddles? Is your paving slippery underfoot when it’s wet? Does your drive become an ice rink when it freezes?
These issues need to be taken into account when you plan a new driveway. Fortunately, all of the problems mentioned can be easily remedied by the use of quality materials and the implementation of a clever landscape design.
Tackling drainage problems
For any extensively paved area, it’s advisable to consider different drainage options.
Simple drainage channels can be incorporated discreetly around the edge of any paved area. These are unobtrusive and will allow water to drain away freely. For more serious problems, drains can always be moved and pipes re-routed to facilitate a more efficient water flow.
Alternatively, permeable block paving is a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) for driveways. This unique paving allows surface water to pass between the blocks into a specially calculated sub-base.
Permeable paving offers all the advantages of an efficient drainage system as it returns rainfall to the water table without the need for membranes, tanks or soakaways; therefore, no planning permission is required.
Stylish non-slip surfaces
To counter any problems you may have with slippery surfaces, there is a range of non-slip paving to choose from.
Natural sandstone paving is highly durable, and it can also come in a soft textured finish. This anti-slip quality makes it easy underfoot while the textured surface still looks stylish.
Driveway designs to suit your home
It helps to choose a style that will complement the exterior of your property. Driveway setts and cobbles come in a broad range of stone types, so that you can pick the ideal one for your exterior.
Ethically-sourced natural stone setts are available in a variety of colours and finishes. Matching kerbs, edging and circle features can add an extra dimension to your design and provide a contemporary and chic statement. In fact, you may decide to enhance your landscape design even further with coordinated walling.
Improve your exterior; increase your property’s value
Investing in a new driveway is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to totally transform the exterior of your property.
It’s also something to bear in mind if you’re thinking of selling your home. If the driveway is in poor condition, viewers may assume the house is of the same standard. First impressions count.
A well-designed driveway will add instant curb appeal. When prospective buyers come to look at your house, your driveway is the first thing they will notice. By choosing high-quality materials, you can create a driveway that requires little care and will stay looking great for years to come.
It’s been reported that a new driveway will add 5-10% in value to a property if it makes the home look more attractive. That’s not a bad rate of return for a simple investment.
Would you like to find out more?
If you’ve been wondering what to do about your driveway, then give us a call on 0116 210 0760.
Our experienced designer will be able to offer plenty of advice on the right type of driveway for you and your property.