If you are choosing material to build a new driveway, it is important to consider the characteristics of different materials. Some are more expensive and attractive, while others are cheaper and less interesting. The durability of the material must be considered, as well as maintaining it.
Here are the most popular driveway materials:
Concrete has a long life span of 25 to 50 years, due to its durability and versatility, concrete is very convenient. It is resistant to different weather conditions, and it is a long-lasting material for driveways. Concrete is a stable and safe foundation suitable for all climate zones and requires minimal maintenance. However, concrete is very expensive, and despite all the above, it is quite a bland material.
Stamped concrete is also known as imprinted concrete. Numerous designs and colours make it perfect for beautifying outdoor spaces while maintaining will require less effort than the other materials. Stamped concrete will increase the value of your place and the material is durable and long-lasting. However, minor cracks can occasionally show up on the stamped concrete driveway, and the repair can be really difficult.
Bricks are quite durable, lasting around 25 years. If the bricks are placed correctly, a flat surface can be achieved. You will need to maintain regularly the brick driveway. Brick washing is required twice a year, and you need to be careful not to peel the clay.
Pavers have a life span of around 40 years. If you want your driveway to be attractive, pavers are the ideal choice that will give your driveway an extremely luxurious look. Pavers are a great choice for places exposed to frost and ice as well. Digging the base will request a lot of time, as well as laying the material which makes the project time consuming and expensive.
The price of a gravel driveway can make it desirable for many. Gravel is one of the most durable materials for driveways (durability will depend on the weather conditions). Gravel is the best option for your budget, especially if you have big and long driveways. It also creates a stable surface that sheds the water easily. Depending on the expose of pressure over the gravel, you will need to regrade your driveway every year, and once the long winter is gone, you will probably need to replace some part of your driveway.
The bitumen price is similar to gravel, but the life span of bitumen is shorter than a concrete driveway. Bitumen is a resinous material that is thick, black, and sticky.
Durability, in addition to low prices, is a great advantage. Bitumen can be extremely hot in the summer, and durability is lower than a concrete driveway.
If any of the concrete options stand out to you, contact us for all concreting services in Mornington.