Many property programmes on TV talk about kerb appeal when buying or selling a house. Simply put, it means the first impression your property gives to those approaching it. Gravel driveways Liverpool wide offer an instant boost to the kerb appeal of your home. Whether you’re selling or not, there are few looks that will give such a lasting appeal as a neatly gravelled surface.
But before you pay a landscaping Liverpool based firm to install such a solution, why does gravel have such an aesthetic appeal and what are its pros and cons? This blog looks at these issues in a little more detail. First, the visual impression: as gravel is a natural product and comes in neutral tones, it is ideal for any age or style of property, new or old. It blends in with older stone buildings and yet can provide a pleasing contrast with warm red or yellow brick, for instance. And because it is entirely natural and textured, it doesn’t look as stark against a property as tarmac or concrete driveways Liverpool would. Next, it’s well-known as a good solution for those on a tight budget. When you compare it to other options such as block paving or tarmac driveways, you’ll find that it’s a lot cheaper to install and maintain, especially if you have a larger area to cover. The only outlay, once these type of driveways in Liverpool are installed, is to add another layer of gravel every few years if necessary. Even this can largely be prevented if you choose to have gravel grids laid before installing the aggregate. These grids reduce the chances of the individual stones migrating from one area of your drive to another.
Gravel grids also help cut down on maintenance by holding the surface in place – so with gravel driveways, there’s less need for raking and redistributing the stones on a regular basis. Another measure that can be incorporated into designs for gravel driveways Liverpool wide is a membrane to prevent weeds growing up between the stones. This makes keeping your driveway looking great is easy. All you need is to rake it from time to time if the pebbles become unevenly distributed. Gravel grids and a weed prevention membrane, if you choose to have them installed, also do not interfere with another great feature of a gravel driveway, and that’s permeability. A gravel driveway installed by experts allows rainwater to run away into natural drainage routes, so there is less chance of standing surface water, a common problem with some concrete or tarmac driveways in Liverpool. So what disadvantages might dissuade you from using gravel on your drive? There are very few: there’s not a lot to go wrong. If you choose not to have gravel grids or a weed prevention membrane below the surface, obviously there will be a little more effort required to maintain the look. But a regular raking will remove weeds and redistribute the stones back to offer a level surface.
Gravel is harder to remove snow from too, although this isn’t often a major problem in Liverpool these days! In short, gravel driveways Liverpool wide are an increasingly popular option for their style, practicality and ease of maintenance.