Everything you need to know about gravel driveways

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The driveway is the first thing we encounter when arriving at a house and the last thing we see when we leave. If you’re looking to add charm, texture, dimension, and visual interest to your residential property without spending a fortune, gravel driveways can be an excellent choice for you. In this article, you can learn everything about gravel driveways and decide if it is an ideal option for you.

Process of Installing Gravel Driveway

Most driveway paving companies recommend three different sizes of rocks for gravel driveways. In all three layers, only machine crushed stones are used, rather than round ones. Due to their angular, triangle shape, these stones will lock together on the driveway.

The first layer of gravel consists of baseball size gravel rocks, also known as #3 stones. These rocks form a strong foundation for your driveway and ensure good drainage during rainfall or snowfall, and also when you wash your driveway. This layer also keeps the smaller rock from disappearing into the soil. The bottom-most layer of the driveway should be made of four inches of these rocks.

The second or the sandwiching layer of about 3-4 inches is installed using rocks of about the size of golf balls. This layer of rocks makes the transition to the top layer.

The top layer of gravel consists of 4 inches of marble-size rocks. These rocks can vary in color from black to gray to rust, depending on which type of gravel stones you choose.

Benefits of Gravel Driveways

1. Gravel driveways are the cheapest option when it comes to driveway materials. A gravel driveway can cost anywhere between CAD1 and CAD5 depending on which rocks you choose.
2. Unlike other types of driveways, gravel does not crack, fade, sink, or deteriorate in any way.
3. A gravel driveway, if installed properly, can last for anywhere between 5 to 100 years with regular upkeep and maintenance.
4. Gravel driveway adds a charming and stylish natural style to your residential lots.
5. When gravel is installed properly, rainwater will penetrate directly into the earth, replenishing groundwater.

Maintenance of Gravel Driveways

Annual or biannual herbicide application for preventing weed growth and weed pulling are some of the maintenance tips that you need to follow. Also, adding the displaced gravel periodically is quicker than sealing an asphalt driveway and doesn’t require special tools. You need to add gravel after every snow removal session and ensure that there aren’t any pits or shallow areas created.

Choosing the right gravel is essential, but proper site preparation is even more necessary. Before you lay any gravel, you must remove the topmost soil layer. This layer is highly organic and can result in plant and weed growth. Also, this layer is spongy, which isn’t great for laying the foundation for your driveway. You can hire our gravel driveway paving company to prepare the site and install gravel driveways efficiently.