If you are looking to have a new driveway installed, either for your home or commercial property, you’re probably wondering what the best surface is to use. There are several surface courses available for driveways, all with their own benefits and drawbacks.
What Is The Best Surface For A Driveway?
To help you make sense of all that information, we’ve pulled together a handy guide. In this, we’ll look at different surfacing options for driveways, along with their pros and cons and things to consider when choosing driveway surfacing.
NatraTex Cotswold is an aesthetically pleasing, durable and quick-to-install surface course. Suitable for a range of applications, including driveways, it is neither a resin bound or resin bonded product. NatraTex Cotswold (along with other NatraTex products) is an asphalt surface course that is sympathetic to the surrounding environment.
As well as driveways, NatraTex Cotswold can also be used for pedestrian walkways, public highways, car parks and housing developments. It can also be used in decorative landscaping to create low maintenance, durable and aesthetically-pleasing outdoor spaces.
Ideal for driveways designed to be bright and bold, NatraTex Colour can be mixed in a range of vibrant colours. As well as this, NatraTex Colour brings with it all the benefits of our other NatraTex products. It is:
- Quick to install
- Low maintenance
Other Driveways Surfaces
Concrete driveways are very much about functionality over style. It is hard-wearing and cost-effective (in some cases), but not very aesthetically pleasing. It can be imprinted with a pattern to give the effect of a stone driveway; however, it is difficult to repair and does need resealing around once a year, which can be costly.
Laying gravel on a surface is a quick, simple, and cheap way to create a driveway. There are some drawbacks to this type of surfacing though. For one, it can be noisy. In some respects, this can be an effective deterrent for potential intruders. However, on the other hand, it can also be inconvenient and annoying. Not only that, but gravel driveways are prone to weeds and don’t wear very well in the long term.
Resin-bound and resin bonded driveways have enjoyed an uptick in popularity over the years. There are several reasons for this, including the durability and aesthetic appeal of these types of surfaces.
There are some cons to these surfacing options too. Resin bonded driveways are created by scattering aggregates across a layer of resin. With heavy use, these can become loose over time and affect the appearance of the driveway.
Resin-bound surfaces tend to be more durable, however, the resins and other components used to make this type of surface course aren’t necessarily sympathetic to the environment.
Block paving can look fantastic when laid correctly, which is what makes it such a popular driveway surfacing choice. However, block paving is prone to weeds due to the gaps between individual blocks, which means you may spend most of your summer fending off unwanted guests on your driveway. As well as this, high-traffic areas on block paving driveways can sink, or blocks can become dislodged and need replacing. This is not only time consuming and costly, but potentially dangerous – particularly for users with reduced mobility.
NatraTex: The Best Surface for Driveways
What makes NatraTex so well suited to driveways? Well, for one, it is hard-wearing and resilient. Unlike gravel or resin bonded driveways, the aggregates used in the composition of NatraTex surface courses remain in one place, even after repeated use. Whether you park cars, vans, bikes or other vehicles on it, NatraTex surfaces rise to the challenge with ease!
Further to this, NatraTex is an environmentally friendly product which doesn’t use potentially harmful resins or components in its composition. NatraTex surface courses are completely sympathetic to the surrounding environment and can be chosen in a range of colours from neutral buff to vibrant reds and greens.
Finally, NatraTex not only performs fantastically it looks great, too.
To find out more about NatraTex and how it can be used for your surfacing requirements, contact us today. Our team would be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.