Interested in incorporating some texture into your home or business’s exterior? Gravel is a fantastic building material that offers a unique alternative for paving driveways and outdoor surfaces. Often viewed as the eco-friendly option, gravel has been appreciated as a lasting, efficient, and cost-friendly choice amongst many customers that want a beautiful driveway done differently.
There are several benefits to gravel that lead customers to opt for this material compared to others. Installing gravel is typically cheaper than asphalt or concrete, making it more comfortable for those on a budget. Gravel is also easy on vehicle tires and can reduce the need for frequent stain removing, cleaning, or repairs, making it the more affordable option over time. Much of the gravel used in modern driveways takes advantage of other natural substances, such as sand and clay, and combines it with stones to make a more sustainable mixture. With these elements, gravel driveways have better traction, effectiveness, formation.
Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of gravel is that it is slightly more customizable than asphalt or other pavement surfaces regarding textures and colors. The ground stones used to create gravel’s appearance come in a variety of colors that can be tailored to clients’ preference, whether it is a darker stone or a lighter one to complement the home or business’s exterior. Since the gravel is often mixed with other natural substances, this can help create more color depth that clients look for when choosing a shade of gravel.
Gravel is made of natural materials meaning it can outlast some other popular paving materials. Since gravel rarely reacts to the exposure of sun and water, you won’t find yourself needing an asphalt sealant, crack repairs, or resurfacing services anytime soon. Gravel doesn’t have the ability to sink, shrink, or crumble from elemental exposure like asphalt pavements, meaning it will likely last you as long as you are willing to care for it. With its impeccable reputation of longevity, you can be guaranteed a reliable driveway that looks great, any time of year.
Gravel, in comparison to asphalt or concrete, is relatively easier to maintain and requires less upkeep than other surfaces. Although bits of gravel have a tendency to shift or move over time, the area can be maintained by refilling the gravel in spots with the existing materials available to cover the shortage. Such problems can also be fixed by adding more composites to evenly fill the surface area with an appropriate amount of gravel. Aside from that, you won’t need to do much else in terms of cleaning or washing, as the natural properties of gravel are able to combat most stains and buildup. If you do decide to clean the area, using a water hose to rinse the surface is often best, as the water is able to pass through the gravel without causing erosion, but still removing any small, unsightly debri.