If you are looking for a more rustic or natural finish to your patio or driveway area, we highly recommend gravel / shingle surfaces. They are long lasting, look beautiful, cheaper than paving, eco friendly and are suitable for gardens, driveways and patio areas.
Gravel driveways are a surface that is 100% natural. It is comprised of natural stone aggregates that are available in a range of colours and sizes. Depending on the purpose of the area, we would recommend a large sized gravel for a driveway than a patio area. This is to give traction to vehicular traffic that a driveway would have to endure. When the right type of gravel is chosen, a shingle or gravel driveway will endure just as long as a tarmac or concrete driveway when maintained.
It is important that the base of a gravel is installed correctly. It needs to have the correct levels set to it and needs to be solid. To achieve this we recommend a strong sub-base and machine compaction of the base. Membrane sheeting is important to prevent any weed growth over time as sometimes weeds can push through. An outside border bedded in concrete like edging kerbs or paving blocks is highly recommended to act as a barrier to the gravel to stop it pushing it out.
We always take into consideration any drainage factors and our team always ensure high quality workmanship throughout. When completed, your new gravel driveway will enhance the approach to your home while giving you many years of solid use.
The Driveway Company are open 7 days a week for free inspections and written quotations. Based in Solihull we provide a comprehensive package to our customers, compromising of consultation, survey, design and installation of gravel driveways.
We will walk you through the design process step by step. Creating a beautiful gravel / shingle driveway or patio that will last for many years to come. We can install circles and add a paving border to your gravel to make it really stand out.