When it comes to driveways, consumers now have a number of choices. Not only are there a selection of different materials to choose from, but also a wide array of colours, styles and patterns available.
As most driveways last for several decades, it is important to choose a drive that is practical, and looks great too. Below we will explore some of the different types of driveways available in Ireland to help determine which is best for you.
Block paving is one of the most popular choices for driveways, paths and patios throughout Ireland. Not only does professionally installed block paving have aesthetic appeal, but they are durable and long lasting. Pavers are available in a range of different colours and styles to suit all tastes and requirements.
The price of block paving varies depending on the type of paver you choose, with a range of standard and premium varieties available. If your pavers are damaged, repairs costs are cheaper than other driveways, as the damaged pavers can easily be removed and replaced.
To keep your driveway looking its best, occasional cleaning will be required. Our professional paver cleaning services are affordable, and remove any built up dirt, grime, mould and weeds. After cleaning, paving will need to be re-sanded and then re-sealed, which will make it look brand new again.
Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios have become increasingly popular in Ireland over the past decade, replacing plain concrete driveways. Pattern imprinted concrete provides endless possibilities for homeowners, with numerous colours and patterns to choose from. They are also one of the more affordable options, especially for larger driveways and projects.
Pattern imprinted concrete (PIC) is extremely strong, and uses the same basic methods from traditional plain concrete driveways. These drives are capable of carrying heavy weights, and require very little maintenance.
Unfortunately, if repairs are necessary, they are often expensive and unsightly. Repaired sections of a concrete driveway do not have the same strength and durability as the rest of the drive, making it vulnerable to damage in the future.
Most roads in Ireland, and around the world, are made from tarmac (or asphalt), so it is no wonder that they are a great choice for driveways. Tarmac has traditionally been available in black, but it is now also available in a number of other colours, providing home owners with more choice.
Tarmac is able to support heavy loads, and is long lasting. It requires very little maintenance, and unlike many other types of driveways, it does not have to be regularly sealed.
One of the biggest downsides to a tarmac drive is that oil, petrol and diesel can deteriorate the surface of tarmac. As a result, it is best suited to drives that will not have leaking cars or bikes, as this will decrease the lifespan of the driveway.
Bound and Bonded Resin
Resin driveways can look great, and are durable. There are two types of resin driveway, resin bound and resin bonded, and each has very differing properties. Both types of resin require minimal maintenance, and are available in a range of different colours and patterns.
Resin bound driveways are created by mixing resin with small stones, which is then hand trowelled to create a smooth surface. This type of drive is water permeable.
Resin bonded driveways are created by placing the resin onto the ground, and then sprinkling the small stones over the top. This results in a rough finish that is not water permeable, and may require planning permission.
Gravel is one of the most popular driveway choices in Ireland. Not only is gravel one of the cheapest materials available, but it can also look great when properly installed. There are a number of colours available, and if properly maintained, it can last a long time.
Unlike most other types of driveways, repairs are not a concern for gravel. However, they do require the most ongoing maintenance. Gravel driveways need regular flattening, and weeds can grow within the gravel, but with a residual weed killer they can normally be kept under control.
Gravel drives have a unique benefit of adding home security. A number of police and security services recommend gravel driveways as the audible sound made whilst walking over gravel deters potential burglars.
Whilst it hasn’t been overly popular in the past few decades, crazy paving is making a comeback. One of the main reasons for a recent surge in popularity is that crazy paving can be environmentally friendly, using reclaimed and recycled pavers and stone.
If you want a truly unique driveway, crazy paving is a great option. No two driveways are the same, as crazy paved drives use irregularly shaped stone and pavers to create a flat and uniform surface. The finished result is a strong and durable driveway, which will require very little maintenance.
Crazy paving is also popular amongst DIY enthusiasts, who are looking to build their own driveway. The pavers or reclaimed stone is cheap to buy, however professional installation can often be more expensive than traditional block paving, as laying crazy pavers requires more time and a greater level of skill.