Gravel Driveways By Surrey Driveways

Gravel driveways are a great way to instantly refresh your home, and they are cheaper than alternatives driveway systems.

As well as adding colour to your front garden, gravel drives are seen as more environmentally friendly, because they absorb the rain, preventing run off.

With all this is mind, Surrey Driveways have created this quick guide to give you an idea of what’s involved in making a driveway that will not only look great but will last as well.

The first thing you need to do is figure out where you want your driveway to be.

Use wooden pegs and string to mark out the area you will be transforming. Now the hard work starts! we Remove all the grass and topsoil from the marked out area.

This needs to be done to a depth of at least 10 inches.

We Level the surface that remains and Compact the soil down in order to give the driveway a stable base.

A weed membrane is laid on the surface.

This will ensure that the finished driveway requires less maintenance and will save a lot of time and effort in the long run.

It is a good idea to edge your driveway with a border to help prevent the gravel from migrating into nearby lawns and pathways.

This can be made from bricks, block paving or kerbs it is worth considering a border that is vertical to the gravel, rather than flush, to help minimize the migration as much as possible.

It is best to begin with a sub base made of type one stone. this is compacted down, this will create a stable foundation for your driveway.

Surrey Driveways then need to add your chosen decorative gravel to the top.

Ideally consider using a gravel that is around 10mm in size, shingle such as cotswold stone, will cope better with heavy traffic.

We Compact these stones down as well, to make sure they do not move too much once under use.

Finally, we grade your driveway using a rake. It needs to have a slight camber, being deeper in the middle and thinning out slightly towards the edges.

Most roads are like this because it helps to promote drainage.

You can now enjoy your new driveway!  You may need to do a little maintenance each year, such as topping up the gravel and raking it over, but this is all relatively straight forward.

Don’t settle for second best, Give your project the best possible chance by using Surrey Driveways.