Why You Don’t Want A Gravel Driveway

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A gravel driveway appears fancy. True. Though the disadvantages of gravel driveways are few in number, they ultimately are severe. Gravel driveways are difficult to maintain and even walking over a gravel driveway spreads dust into the air.

Here is our set of cons of gravel driveway:

Snow removal

For those who live in snowy climates, removing snow from a bumpy surface is a hassle, and removing the rocks that get pushed into the yard after shoveling or plowing is an even bigger hassle. During winter months, removal of snow can be difficult. Oftentimes, using salt or sand on top of the snow & gravel can be the only solution to make the surface slip-free. So you might want to think twice before getting a gravel driveway installed.

Ruts and sinkholes

Gravel driveways with a high level of usage may be prone to developing ruts. Gravel will shift over time, forming grooves where water can puddle. Stagnant water can create a lot of issues. Grooves are also a nuisance to drive on, unless you’re into the idea of a driveway complete with your very own speed bumps. Fortunately, these can be levelled out with more gravel.

Dirt and dust

When you drive over gravel or even walk over it, the lighter particles of air will fly into the air from the surface below. Driving over gravel can produce more dust than any other type of material. Driving down a gravel driveway can cause dust, debris and dirt to fly – especially in the dry summer months. This may cause the exterior of your home to become dirty and hence, it may require frequent cleaning.

Whenever you think about getting a driveway installed, make sure you build it with asphalt. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and they most certainly don’t blow as much dust as gravel driveways do. More importantly, the life of asphalt driveways goes as high as 20 years, provided it is maintained properly. True, it requires more attention than a gravel driveway, but in the end, it is worth it.

Now that you are aware of the major cons of gravel driveway, ensure you make the right choice by NOT opting for a gravel driveway. Contact a professional road construction company today and get your driveway installed.

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  4. Mark DeRoncey Reply

    Gravel is a horrible substrate for auto traffic. If you want to do gravel, consider decomposed granite. It is much more expensive, but packs down tight and creates a solid surface to walk and drive on. Granite has little sharp edges that pack down and lock together. The more traffic, the tighter the pieces lock together. That is why it is often used on jogging and walking tracks.

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  7. PK Reply

    The above photo is actually of a permeable foundation driveway that doesn’t allow the movement of gravel. Permeable foundations protect the earth, oppose to traditional forms of paving which destroy everything below it. If you’re going to compare paving to gravel driveways, don’t steal a photo from a permeable paving foundation company.

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