Are you building a new home or renovating a driveway? Before you begin work on your driveway, there are several factors to take into consideration. Gravel driveways and concrete driveways each have their advantages as well as drawbacks. Read on to learn a little more about each.
- Maintenance – A gravel driveway is very easy to maintain. It will settle after a few years but can easily be restored with more gravel. Concrete driveways can last many years, but they can develop cracks that will need to be repaired or possibly replaced.
- Affordability – Gravel driveways are definitely the most affordable option in driveway surface materials. Though they do need to be restocked every few years, the expense isn’t high.
- Aesthetics –Concrete driveways offer a more traditional, polished look. Though gravel does have a few colour options, there are more options in texture and colour with concrete driveways. With the right measures in place, gravel driveways can be kept looking very nice. Also, gravel does not stain the way concrete does, but instead just absorbs the oil into the ground beneath. When you have an oil spill on a concrete driveway it takes specialized cleaning products to remove them.
- Weather – One advantage of a gravel driveway is that rain does not pool up like it would on a concrete driveway. A disadvantage is that snow and ice removal is somewhat more difficult on gravel than concrete.
If you are still unsure, our experts at Flesherton Concrete Products are happy to consult with you and answer any questions you may have. We can guide you to choosing the best driveway for your needs and then help you choose the exact product that you want for your driveway. We offer high quality products for all of your concrete and aggregate needs.