5 Ways To Build A Driveway That Adds Value To Your Property
Building a driveway that adds value to your property could be a great decision if you want a more functional home. A great-looking, well-designed driveway could add anything from 5-10% value to your home. Parking roadside can be bad for your car, and can even mean having to pay higher insurance premiums. A driveway keeps your car safe and home looking great!
Here are a few things you can do to ensure your new driveway adds value to your property and looks great to boot.
Try Gravel On For Size
Concrete and tarmac driveways are affordable, durable, and low maintenance – however, they are rarely exciting. Gravel can be a good option if you want a little more ‘oomph’ and something a bit different. Gravel driveways do take time to maintain, so bear this in mind. A weed barrier can stop them from poking through and reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do.
Consider Concrete Block Paving
A concrete block paved driveway is usually made from concrete or clay and is easy to maintain providing it has been laid correctly. Many colors are available, so you will be able to find something that suits your home perfectly. Just be wary that the dye used may fade over time. You can use a service such as sealcoating to keep it looking fresh and new for longer.
Try Resin-bound Paving
If you’d prefer a smooth and durable surface, try resin-bound paving. For this, stone and resin is used and mixed up thoroughly. There’s no loose stone because the stone is completely mixed in with resin. This type of paving tends to be cheaper as it’s quicker to lay and uses less material.
Will You Need To Get Planning Permission?
If your new driveway is made of permeable material then you won’t need to worry about planning permission. Your chosen material should allow water to drain through. If not, then you’ll need to get planning permission – as is the case with resin-bound paving. You may also need to apply for planning permission if you live in a listed building, as you’ll need listed building consent. Conservation areas will also need planning permission, as you can’t make changes to those areas without prior approval.
Deciding Who You Should Work With
Once you know what you want and have planning permission in place (if you need it), you can figure out who you want to work with. You should avoid companies that don’t have multiple contact pathways – you may not be able to trust them. Communication is key and you should be able to get in touch with them when you need to. You may even have questions once the work is complete, so being able to contact them if you need support is important, too. Look at reviews to get an idea of the support and service provided, even once the work is complete. Take a step back if you feel under pressure to make a quick decision, as this is something that should be considered carefully.