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Benefits of using shingle as a driveway gravel
16th March 2021

Benefits of using shingle as a driveway gravel

There are several materials you can use for driveway gravel, and shingle is one of the most popular for good reason. Here we look at the benefits of gravel driveways and look at why shingle is so popular, as well as see some alternative materials for creating gravel driveways.

 

Driveway Gravel Solutions

Gravel is an excellent solution for covering large surfaces such as driveways. Gravel like shingle, and even decorative aggregates like Scottish Pebbles, are an aesthetically pleasing driveway design idea that serves multiple functional purposes as well as looking good.

Harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain plus extreme high and freezing temperatures tend to make plain concrete and tarmac crack and wear over time. The seasonal weather extremes like those experienced in the UK can also affect the appearance of concrete and tarmac, fading it in patches which makes it look old and unkempt. Shingle solves these issues as it doesn’t age and wear the way concrete does.

Driveway gravel is not affected by harsh weather and copes much more easily with the drainage of surface water during heavy rainfall. Icy conditions during winter are also less of a problem for gravels driveways as the decorative aggregates you use provide a lot more traction for car tyres than hard and flat surfaces like concrete and tarmac.

 

Gravel Driveway Maintenance

Maintaining a gravel driveway is easy and requires only a little effort to keep it looking good. An occasional raking can help even the surface out and remove any debris that has amassed due to wind and rain.

The gravel driveway might require a top-up every couple of years but this doesn’t require a lot of aggregate to achieve. Small amounts can be bought to top-up the driveway, or you may find you have some left over from the original installation.

 

Shingle Driveways

One of the most popular materials for driveways is the old reliable shingle. It brightens up dull areas and is especially low maintenance. There is also that pleasingly familiar crunch under foot and tyre.

Springbridge provide two shingle options, with one screened to 10mm and another screened to 20mm. The smaller size tends to be favoured for pathways, borders and other gardening or landscaping purposes, while the larger size is ideal for driveways.

 

Tarmac Road Planings as Driveway Gravel

One of the simplest driveway gravel materials are road planings, sometimes called scalpings. As they are a by-product of road and highway resurfacing works, they are the most cost-effective material for a gravel driveway and are often used for creating temporary hard standings and car parking areas.

Even if you prefer one of the more decorative aggregates such as shingle, tarmac road planings can be very useful for filling in potholes and levelling uneven areas. This then creates a nice level surface for the more decorative aggregate.

 

Scottish Pebbles for Gravel Driveways

An alternative to shingle are Scottish Beach Pebbles which are very smooth and round and add a very pleasing aesthetic to a driveway. Springbridge’s Scottish Pebbles come in two size options, with one screened to 20 to 40mm, and a larger size screened to 50 to 80mm.

 

If you require driveway gravel such as road planings or decorative aggregates like Scottish pebbles, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.