The last thing that homeowners want to be worrying about is driveway maintenance. If installed correctly, on a porous, flat surface and with high-quality materials, your driveway design should stand the test of time, and retain its aesthetic value for years to come. A durable, strong driveway should also be safe, reliable and sturdy to park vehicles on, without you having to stress about its appearance.
However, driveways can end up requiring more maintenance than we would all like. Thankfully though, there are several solutions to this problem.
Low Maintenance Driveway Options
When it comes to driveway designs, there are some great low maintenance solutions which are ideal for those of you who want to alleviate the stress of tending to your driveway constantly. Whether you are looking for new driveway installations, or looking to replace an existing, worn one, you might want to consider the following options if you want less hassle.
The two best types of low maintenance driveway are:
We will break down how easy it is to maintain these driveway types, and some tips to help make the process a bit easier for you.
Block Paving Driveways
Block paving is a method of decoration by creating a pavement or hard-standing pathway. Over the years it has been frequently used in driveway installations, but also in patios, road surfacing or commercial areas with considerable footfall. The blocks are usually made of bricks, and numerous designs can be created with this style.
The main benefit of block paving is not only the extent of the colours it can come in, and how durable it is, but also how straightforward it is to carry out remedial work. In other words, the block pavers can be lifted up, potentially replaced (if one is broken) and the surface underneath tended to if needed. Block paving driveways are also very flexible.
As far as maintaining this type of driveway goes, you will need to consider:
- Topping up the gaps between blocks with kiln-dried sand, and using a soft bristle brush
- Removing any weeds that grow between any gaps
- Using products to help prevent weeds from growing back
- Cleaning any stained slabs (caused by algae, moss or oil stains)
- Applying fresh coats of sealant, if required
Driveway and patio pavers are very low maintenance, and they really compliment the appearance of a home. But they’re not the only solution available.
Resin driveways involve creating a mixture of both resin and aggregates, which is laid over a flat, porous sub-base. This a requirement for any of these driveways, and we have previously explored the differences between resin bound and resin bonded driveways.
The beauty of these driveways is that the consistent, durable surface means that they are suitable for light vehicle traffic without succumbing to damage. It’s common for the only type of resin driveway maintenance to be a regular brush and wash. Pressure washers can also remove some problematic stains.
Should I Get a Resin Driveway or Block Paving Driveway?
While the team here at DPM Design & Build are not inclined to push you to one or the other (although we have touched on resin vs block paving driveways in a previous blog), we are specialists in both these driveways. Resin driveways are preferable for high-traffic areas, while if you’re wanting a general look, block paving might be better.
Of course, no driveway is entirely maintenance-free, and that’s where driveway experts like DPM Design & Build can help you.
DPM Design & Build offer a variety of driveway services, and we can suggest, consult and plan the right driveway option that meets your needs, and stays within your budget. We want to give you a structurally-stable driveway, and one which looks great for years, and our experienced team can take care of the design, installation and any maintenance work required.