Many residential homes have driveways. Improving the driveway starts with making sure, you are using the right material. Gravel is the material of choice when it comes to the construction of driveways. There are several reasons why gravel has become the favorite material for constructing the driveways. In this post, we feature some of the advantages of using gravel for the construction of the driveways.
GRAVEL IS MORE POROUS COMPARED TO OTHER DRIVEWAY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
During the construction of driveways, porosity is a major factor. Porous material allows water to drain through the surface. Using porous material means less maintenance incase of stormwater. Gravel moderates the storm runoff keeping the debris off the public streets and the sidewalks. Gravel is good for your driveway as it reduces surface ponding.
Compared to concrete and asphalt, gravel is a more affordable driveway construction material. Thus, depending on the quality of gravel, it means fewer expenses when it comes to site preparation. According to homeadvisor.com, gravel driveway costs between $1.25 and $1.80 per square foot. Asphalt driveways will; cost between $7 and $13 per square foot. Thus, we realize much more cost-saving using gravel compared to the use of asphalt to construct a driveway.
LOWER COST MAINTENANCE
Gravel costs less to maintain. As illustrated above, it’s a porous material, which means less damage in the case of stormwater. Further, where maintenance is required, the homeowner does not need to involve an expert. By contrast, you need a qualified professional when it comes to the installation and maintenance of asphalt driveways. This is because part of asphalt maintenance involves resealing after a few years.
On average, gravel lasts more years compared to other materials used for driveway construction. Ideally, gravel washes away or subsides enough to require periodic resurfacing. The longer lifespan can also be attributed to the fact that gravel driveways feature several different sizes of gravel. Each of the several layers is set with mechanical tamper, serving a different purpose. This includes ensuring proper strength, drainage, and a high degree of compaction. A well-maintained gravel driveway will last for decades without requiring a complete overhaul.
A gravel driveway is by far easy to install compared to other driveway types. However, it is by far a more complex and risky undertaking. I certainly would not advocate for DIY installation, especially if you have not undergone the required minimum training.
Gravel driveways add charm to the appearance of your home. However, this is when you ensure the correct choice of gravel and proper installation. Consider that the type of gravel is critical to how well it forms a solid and durable surface.
Although gravel driveways are considered much cheaper compared to asphalt and concrete, poor installation can result in much more costs.