Even if you don't yet have the money to install a paved driveway, installing a gravel drive will serve the purpose and give you a finished look. However, choosing driveway gravel can be quite the feat, especially with so many different forms of aggregate material to choose from. To ensure that you are completely happy with your final choice after installation, you should get familiar with the different types of gravel and what they have to offer. Beyond that, there are three questions to ask yourself to determine what type of driveway gravel would be best for your residential property:
Do you know the difference between angular and rounded gravel?
Angular gravel is machine cut, so it as multiple flat sides and edges all around each rock. Round gravel is more circular with fewer angles and points and hardly any flat surfaces. Round gravel works well for aesthetics, and can even work well as an upper layer in a multiple-layer gravel driveway. However, rounded gravel doesn't usually fare well on its own. Angular gravel tends to interlock when pressure is applied repeatedly by the weight of a vehicle. Therefore, the angular gravel provides a more solid structure as it settles into place after installation.
Do you prefer natural aggregate or synthetic?
Natural aggregate is mined from rock quarries and usually results in things like limestone rocks or other more natural stones. Natural aggregate has its advantages. For example, natural forms of gravel tend to exude less road dust and sometimes have a more natural appearance. However, synthetic aggregate that is formulated out of things like clay, color pigments, and other man-made components give you more options to choose from so you can better match your property design. You can also choose a collaboration of natural and synthetic gravel with some suppliers.
Have you got a plan for keeping the gravel in place?
Some types of gravel will naturally stay put for the most part because the rocks almost bond together with repeated pressure. However, some forms of gravel are more lightweight and are easier to get tossed around. To make sure the gravel you chose stays put, it is best to have a border installed along the driveway edges. If this is not a measure you intend to take, it is best to go for gravel that is less prone to being tossed about, such as chunky limestone that is angular cut.
Contact a company like Hanson Aggregates for more information and assistance.Share
28 November 2017
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