Gravel driveways are a versatile option that can provide a contemporary and a more traditional look.
Yes, there is some maintenance effort involved, but for covering larger areas the cost advantages can be hard to ignore.
One clear advantage with gravel driveways is that additional gravel can be added periodically to freshen things up and any blemishes like oil leaks can easily be covered over.
Gravel driveways can be augmented with edging which is an attractive feature and helps to keep the gravel on the driveways.
The driveway can also be reinforced with grid systems that keep the gravel in place and prevent ruts and pot holes as well as making the surface easier to drive and walk on.
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The longevity of your gravel driveway will depend in a large part on how well the driveway is maintained.
Every two to four years new gravel should be added.
Every six to twelve months rake the gravel to the centre of the driveway (the crown).
With these simple steps your gravel driveway can last you decades.
Salting your driveway will kill grass and weeds, but care must be taken that the salt does not spread and damage nearby plants.
An edging to the driveway will help prevent this.