Pros and Cons Of a Gravel Driveway
24.04.2017
Been contemplating riding the rough? If so, here is everything you need to know about having a gravel driveway…

Pros
  • Budget friendly: Gravel is a low cost option compared to other types of driveway finishes, especially if you have a large area to cover.
  • Easy to maintain: Gravel driveways require very little maintenance. Replenishing the surface gravel and picking out any weeds should be enough to keep it looking well.
  • Quick installation: Laying the gravel in your driveway is a relatively quick process for your convenience.
  • It’s permeable: unlike some driveway finishes, gravel is permeable meaning water won’t stagnate and affect the quality of your driveway.
  • Long-lasting: A high-quality gravel driveway, that is properly installed and cared for can last a lifetime.
Cons
  • Develop ruts and holes: If you use your driveway a lot, over time, unsightly ruts and holes can appear in the gravel, which will need to be filled in.
  • Weed growth: Whilst a gravel driveway is pretty easy to maintain, weeds can be quite prolific. You need to make sure you have a good weed killer and the patience to constantly be on weed duty!
  • Can be dusty and dirty: Unlike a smooth driveway such as concrete or asphalt, gravel can be quite dirty and throw up a lot of dust which can get on your car, not to mention in the air you breathe.
  • Not great in extreme weather conditions: Trying to remove snow or ice from a gravel driveway can be extremely difficult and time consuming. You have to get the salt and sand out to dissolve the ice and give you grip on your tires.
  • Limited with colours and styles: Whilst gravel can complement many different kinds of homes, there aren’t very many different colours, textures and patterns of gravel to choose from.
Why not compromise? Having gravel incorporated into your driveway design is a great compromise if you can’t decide whether or not to go full gravel. For example, imprinted concrete driveways look great when you use pools of gravel to complement your driveway design. They work as more of an accent feature rather than making up the entire driveway. Then you get the best of both worlds! Gravel also works well with block paving driveways and can help keep the cost down as you’re not using as many bricks. Contact us to get a quote on your new driveway.
Published: April 2017

We’re very happy our new imprinted concrete driveway, the quality of workmanship is second to none and we would not hesitate in recommending Premier Surfacing to all.

Anita Hancock
Shropshire