A gravel driveway is often viewed as one of the lower cost driveway solutions. Hence, a well designed gravel driveway can be a permanent driveway. And the gravel driveway can also be fairly low-cost to build and to maintain.
Is A Gravel Driveway Right For You?
If you’re thinking that a gravel driveway might be a good solution for your home, just a few items are needed. First of all, an experienced driveway designer can help. A professional driveway design/landscaping company and a tape measure can produce a fantastic visual appeal for the entrance of your property.
Common driveway materials such as asphalt or concrete may be out of place for some homes in the country. The choice of gravel for a driveway opens up many options. The stones can come in many shades such as tan, gray, red, white or black, depending on what’s available at local suppliers.
The Driveway – The First Impression
In many cases a driveway is typically the first impression of a home. As a result, gravel stones that are vibrantly colored can give that bold statement you have been in search of.
On the other hand are concrete driveways. Concrete driveways, if they have not been designed and built correctly from the beginning can be very difficult (and expensive) to correct. Another option such as asphalt can cost more and only comes in one color – black!
Gravel driveways,on the other hand, can be changed at most any stage. In addition, maintenance is easier in most cases as all that is needed is to add in more gravel or smooth over when needed.
Basic Gravel Driveway Design Thoughts
Like most of other construction projects, you should prepare before building a gravel driveway. The first thing to think about is the purpose of the area being graveled. What and who will be using this driveway? Will it be mostly foot traffic, light passenger cars or heavy trucks? If the driveway will be used often by cars or heavy vehicles, the gravel needs to be deep enough for this added stress. However, if the area will only receive foot traffic, then a less deep layer will often suffice.
There are also different types of gravel that are used for construction purposes. As a result this means choosing the right gravel type for your property. Most of all, avoid round stones that will need regular maintenance and can slide out of their position easily. The angular stones are a far better option when it comes to driveways as they are able to lock-together which minimizes movement.
You can ask a professional landscaping company to help you what will work best for your particular driveway design.
Four Seasons Landscaping has the experience and equipment to design and build the gravel driveway of your dreams. Why not give us a call at (719) 266-1141 or use the contact form on the right to discuss your new gravel driveway!