Gravel is by far the cheapest surface to produce as a driveway finish. It can be laid directly on to a clean consolidated stone drive or over a worn out surface which has been prepared. It is aesthetically pleasing, and available in a range of colours and different size stone finishes but there are some important things to consider when opting for a gravel drive way:
- Is the site suitable ? Too steep and it will wash away and gravel will travel to lower lower areas
- The depth of the stone layer ... If laid too deep it will cause ruts to form and grip to be lost.
- The density of the stone ...Only hard stone applications are suitable
- Maintenance required ... Raking and weeding will be required to maintain the finish
VLS Tar & Chip
A VLS Tar and Chip surface is an excellent way to resurface an existing tarmac surface, and can be laid directly on to a new Tarmac surface or is a popular way of refreshing the finish on an older tarmac surface.
If you are hoping to use a VLS Tar and Chip surface on a existing older tarmac drive then the surface is thoroughly cleaned. Any damaged areas or pot-holes are reinstated using new tarmac. The surface is then spread with VLS emulsion and up to a 10mm sized hard stone chipping can be spread and rolled in to the VLS. This surface can then be left with a thin layer of stone chippings on it so it gives the effect of a loose gravel driveway or have the excess chippings swept off.
A VLS Tar and Chip surface is a good alternative to a loose gravel finish. It does not need raking and will not move in the way that a loose gravel drive will, so can be used in areas where a loose stone finish would move too much, on slight gradients.
Tar and chip surfaces are not suitable for steep driveway applications as they will wear too quickly.