Driveway maintenance company in Melbourne
Your driveway is in many cases what people encounter first. It’s a safe and convenient place to keep your car, somewhere for the kids to ride their bikes, or somewhere to keep the boat or trailer.
Whatever the reason you want to build or upgrade your driveway, there are a variety of materials available to meet your needs for design, lifespan, cost and maintenance.
Four main types of driveways
The most popular materials for driveway construction are concrete, asphalt, gravel or paving.
A concrete driveway is a visually attractive option and one of the easiest to maintain. They do require some maintenance though to ensure you get a long life from your investment.
Asphalt is smooth, durable and attractive feature for your home – when you maintain it. Maintenance is important to make sure that small cracks don’t lead to big pot holes.
Gravel driveways are the cheapest to install but require the most maintenance.
Paving is the most expensive to install due to the labour needed to do the work. They do provide the best natural water drainage though, so they’re becoming a popular option for green homes.
Things to consider
In deciding which type of driveway to build, here are some points to think about.
Budget is a key consideration for all projects. It’s important to go with an option you can afford. Your driveway installation or resurfacing costs are based on the following factors:
- Size and shape of the driveway
- Surface material you choose to use
- Required drainage
- Design features (eg curbs, lighting)
Don’t succumb to vanity and choose a more expensive option when a cheaper and more practical surface will do the job.
Of the four paving materials described here, gravel is the least expensive, followed by asphalt, concrete, and paving stones. If you have more money, you’ll have more choice.
Size and shape
If you’re building a new driveway, you’ll need to work out the size and shape.
Most suburban driveways are a straightforward rectangle or square either in front of, or beside, the house. Make sure it’s wide enough for a standard car with some room on the sides to get in and out of the car.
In rural areas it might not be so straightforward. Make sure you know your property boundaries and where any utility services are located, and then mark out your driveway.
Is the visual appeal of the driveway a driving factor for you?
What’s the main driveway type in your neighborhood? In rural areas it could be gravel, in urban areas it could be concrete. In more expensive precincts paving might be the preference.
While you don’t need to follow your neighbours, if appearance is important to you, checking out the other local driveways could be a good place to start.
You possibly also have a strong personal preference. If you have the money and inclination for a particular type of driveway, go for it!
Do you want to construct your driveway yourself? What kind of experience do you have? How much time do you have?
If you’re an experienced DIYer with a weekend to spare, and you’re eager to have BBQ bragging rights that you built your own driveway, a concrete or gravel driveway might be worth considering. However, asphalt and paving stones are trickier to do yourself.
How much time, money, and effort do you want to spend on driveway maintenance?
No matter which surface you’ve decided to go with, you can extend its life by doing the following maintenance regularly:
- Giving it a good clean.
- Fill in holes and cracks.
- Manage the weeds.
- Protect it from water flow.
You can read more about driveway maintenance in our article.
Check local regulations
Before you spend your money check whether your council or homeowners association has any regulations you need to follow.