Getting a new driveway put in is truly an investment, and one that you need to consider carefully. While it might be tempting to get the cheapest and easiest option, remember that your driveway will not only greatly improve accessibility and convenience when it comes to living in your home, a good quality, beautifully looking driveway will also increase the value of your property. That’s not all. Budget aside, here are the three key things that you will need to consider:
- Choice of driveway material
This depends on the design, look and daily usage of your driveway. Concrete is a very popular material for driveways because it is very durable and easy to maintain, and a professional concrete driveway expert will certainly be able to provide you with some options. These days, concrete driveways are available in a number of shapes, textures and finishes to suit all tastes, with exposed aggregate driveways providing even more choices in terms of the finish.
- Type and volume of driveway usage
Consider the number and types of vehicles that will be using your driveway, as this will determine a range of other factors, including the length and width of the driveway that you install. On average, a family car needs a driveway that is about 10 feet wide, but if you have bigger vehicles, then you will obviously need to take that into consideration as well. The length of your driveway will depend largely on where your garage is situated, or how far away from the road your property is. Always ensure that other cars can be comfortably parked on your driveway without them encroaching onto the pavement or road.
- Shape and design of the driveway
With the wide range of driveway options these days, you have more flexibility with your shape and design than ever before. Look to maximise this versatility by making your driveway as appealing and safe for you as possible. This includes:
- Making sure there’s room for cars to safely load and unload children, other passengers, and perhaps the family pet
- Making sure vehicles have good all-around vision when using the driveway
- Making sure your chosen driveway design complements your property and blends in with the surrounding area and neighbourhood
Getting a new driveway is an exciting prospect, and a well-laid, beautiful driveway will instantly elevate the look and feel of your property. Want to know more? Speak to our concrete driveway experts today for more information!