Traditionally gravel driveways are installed by levelling the substrate and then spreading out a thick layer of gravel to cover the driveway.
This has several disadvantages:
- The gravel is loose laid which allows for gravel erosion
- Eroded areas expose the substrate which can then become damaged and form potholes
- The driveway needs regular “grooming” to keep it in tip-top condition
- Gravel erosion means eventually the driveway will need to ne “topped up” to ensure a thick enough layer of gravel is present.
- Gravel driveways are not easy to push a wheelchair or buggy across and can be difficult for those unsteady on their feet to navigate.
Installing driveway grids provides a much-needed support system which holds the gravel in place and prevents erosion and potholing. This also means that the driveway requires much less maintenance and gravel replenishment.
Driveway grids are made of tough recycled plastic which is UV stable and rot resistant. By holding the gravel in the place it is supposed to be – rather than allowing it to be dragged down the road – they increase the lifespan of your driveway and reduce maintenance.
As an added benefit stabilising your driveway makes the surface more even so increasing accessibility. It becomes simple to push a buggy – or even a heavy wheelchair – across the top without jamming the wheels. Walking aids can’t sink into the surface as much and those who find walking difficult will find it easier if the gravel is not slipping under their feet.
Easy to install
Once the substrate has been completed the driveway can be covered in a layer of driveway grids which click together in an easy to follow pattern. Once the first two grids are in place it’s almost impossible to lay the remaining grids incorrectly! Gravel is then distributed across the driveway in the traditional manner, ensuring that all the holes in the grid are filled and levelled. Although not necessary, as the recycled plastic ecogrids can withstand the weight of a lorry, a thin layer of gravel can be spread over the top to create a more traditional finish.
Easy to order
Simply measure your driveway and calculate the number of square metres you require. That’s the only piece of information you need! If you’re not sure we can help so don’t be afraid to call or email – we’d be happy to help you get the basis for the driveway you’ve always wanted.