You may not think it, but your driveway is an opportunity to make a stylish and welcoming first impression for your home. But what kind of driveway is best for your home? Of cause, there is the question of what is going to look best for your home, but there are more practical questions you need to consider before you get started on aesthetics. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we are going to put you on the right track. In this blog, we are going through what you need to know to make the best choice for your home.
What is your local climate like?
What’s the point of building a driveway that is going to wear and tear easily? When you choosing the material for your driveway you should always factor in the weather. Does it snow in your area? Does it rain a lot? Does it get extremely hot? While sealing your driveway will protect your driveway from the elements most of the time, you should talk to us about what material will hold up against your local climate. There is also safety to consider! If it rains quite a bit you may want your driveway to be exposed to prevent slips and falls. If the weather is hot you might want a lighter shade of concrete so it will absorb less heat.
How long is your driveway?
If you have a long driveway then you are going to have to pay more for installation and maintenance. So, if you have a budget you might want to go for a simpler design and type of driveway. That doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a dull driveway! It’s easy to add a bit of creative flair to your driveway, just start thinking about your driveway as a blank canvas. You could start with your front garden and line your driveway with the splendours of nature. Next, you could rethink your gate or fence.
How big is your budget?
If you are getting a driveway installed or repaired, you want to make sure its done right. If the job is done by an unprofessional or a ‘cheap’ contractor you may end up forking out more than you would have saved. That doesn’t mean your driveway will cost you an arm and a leg. Most professional contractors, ourselves included, will help you find a practical solution to your budget.
Is your driveway on a hill?
If you live on a hill, especially a steep one, then you should go for a rougher driveway surface. If your driveway is smooth then you risk slips and falls when it rains. The worst-case scenario is it could lead to a car accident. So the best option for you is exposed aggregate. Not only is it stylish, it will make your driveway slip free.
What kind of vehicle do you have?
It isn’t a problem for your average two or less car home, but you’re driving something a little heavier then you will need reinforcements. When a driveway endures a lot of traffic or heavy vehicles, like a truck or a caravan, then you are better off going with a material that can take that much stress. If you go with a material designed for average to small cars then your driveway will crack more often and you’ll end up paying more in maintenance.
What is going to look best for your home?
There is an amazing range of materials, designs and colours you can choose from. Have a quick look at our gallery and you’ll see you are spoiled for choice when it comes to driveways. What kind of aesthetic are you going for? There are so many types: sleek, rustic, modern, Mediterranean, Victorian etc. If you’re unsure, take a look at your colour scheme and texture of your house or business and go from there.
Still don’t know what kind of driveway you want for your home? No worries! A Better Driveway are your dedicated driveway specialists and we are more than happy to help you pick a driveway right for your home. We can help you with any concrete service you may need. If you have queries or you simply want to learn more, contact one of our friendly staff members at (03) 9308 6112.