There are many advantages to using gravel as an alternative to other materials to transform a variety of areas around your property. If you are looking to dabble in a bit of DIY, laying a gravel driveway is a creative and cost-effective way to make improvements to your house.
We have created a quick guide to inform you what sort of gravel you should use for your driveway to aid you in your decision-making process during the project.
Style of stone
Gravel used for driveways must be a hard-wearing stone like: Basalts, Granites, Flints and Quartz. This is because it will see and must withstand higher and heavier traffic. We also highly recommend selecting a stone that is darker in colour as it hides any dirt or dust that will accumulate over time.
What size gravel should I use?
It is often recommended to use 20mm size stones rather than 10mm to create a gravel driveway. Whilst we argue both are perfectly suitable for use in a project, 10mm gravel can sometimes get caught in tyre treads of larger cars so a larger gravel may work better in some instances.
What depth should a gravel driveway have?
If you are using a 10mm aggregate to create your driveway, we suggest making the depth of the area 50mm thick.
However, if you are looking to use 20mm aggregates, you will need to make the depth of the driveway 50-60mm thick. This is because larger aggregates will settle and bond together better than smaller ones.
Advantages of using gravel
The advantages of using gravel to create your driveway are endless:
Gravel is extremely low maintenance provided you have laid a fabric membrane down before laying the gravel as this suppresses the growth of weeds.
It is also weather resistant meaning it is a great choice of material to use, particularly within the UK where the weather changes frequently.
Gravel is also great for drainage, as water can move through it a lot faster than it can through soil and other materials. This will help eliminate puddles developing on the driveway.
Furthermore, gravel is highly durable which contributes to it affordability. In comparison to other alternatives like Natural stone paving and concrete, gravel is very cost–effective and is offered in a wide range of colours and sizes.
Stoneworld stock more than 50 types of coloured, sized and textured ornamental aggregates and gravel sourced from all over the world. We currently have our Red Granite 10mm gravel Bulk Bags on special promotion. Red granite ornamental gravel is a very hard angular dark red/terracotta granite stone from the north of England and is a perfect choice for driveways! To find out more about this product , click here.
Paving: 8x why you should choose natural stone over concrete
From patio to drive, paving is a good choice to use for your design. But sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for trees when you compare different materials.Here’s 8 reasons why you should choose natural stone as your paving solution.
Every slab of natural stone has its own colour, texture and natural markings.This makes your design unique in comparison to manufacturedcolouredconcrete.
If you maintain and seal your natural stone, the colourand appearance will stay the same overtime. It doesn’t wear, unlike paving equivalents.
Natural stone is a hard material that can take some wear and tear. Thanks to that, stone hardly breaks or cracks. If it does, you can easily replace damaged pieces one by one.
Natural stone is frost resistant.
Natural stone is easier to maintain than concrete paving equivalents. They just need a simple clean. At Stoneworld we advise to use the scientifically developed products by Rob Parker’s Best to maintain your stone.
You can easily avoid threats like fungus. Just make sure you seal and maintain your stone.
Natural stone will increase the value of your house when you decide to resell.
Prices of natural stone are more competitive now compared to the past.Long-term, natural stone is a cost-effective solution.
Stoneworld can offer you a huge choice in natural stone paving slabs for patios and paths plus other hard landscaping materials for the garden.We are careful only to source the best quality stone paving and landscaping products from around the world. This ensures our customers can enjoy the results of fine quality products in their gardens for years to come. Ask for our advice on ideas to complete your garden or house design.
This magnificent project, hidden in the English Countryside, features copings, paving and interior natural stone flooring from Stoneworld.
The hard landscaping surrounding the house and pool house was created using tumbled black sandstone paving. This stunning stone with subtle tones of black, dark grey and brown sits perfectly in its surroundings, capturing the feel and essence of antique reclaimed stone which beautifully compliments the property.
Black Sandstone Pool and Wall Copings were also supplied to maintain consistency. All copings were tumbled and calibrated to 30mm thickness and were bull-nosed on one side to provide a perfect finish.
Inside the stunning pool house, we laid our Avonbridge Limestone Floor Tiles. This beautiful richly coloured limestone floor tile with golden tones has a fine sandblasted surface with a sawn edge, giving the room a real contemporary feel.
We would like to thank this customer for allowing us to use these images.
Insights and tips
To bring the colour out of your stone, we highly recommend usingRob Parker’s Best Colour Enhancing Sealer. This will help bring the stone to life whilst also protecting the surface from staining and deterioration.
If you would like to create a paving area using our stone, we suggest purchasing Resiply – a resin based jointing compound to point your project.Resiply is available for purchase in a variety of colours from our website.
Calculating the total amount of material you will need for a project, can sometimes be overwhelming. To help provide you with an estimate, we have put together this quick guide detailing how to calculate how much gravel you will need for you project.
The first step is to calculate the area of the section you would like to cover with gravel. The area calculation = A x B (Where A & B are 2 sides of a square or rectangular area).
For example, if your driveway measures 4m wide (A) by 12m long (B) the total area you need to cover is 48 sqm.
If you are looking to fill a driveway or path with gravel, we recommend the depth of the area should be 50mm thick as it will experience higher traffic. For covering planted areas, the depth only needs to be around 30mm thick.
We sell our gravel in 25kg polybags and in Bulk Bags. Based on our 20mm sized stones, 1 bulk bag of gravel will cover approximately 12 sqm at 50mm depth for paths and driveways. Alternatively, 1 bulk bag will cover approximately 16 sqm at 30mm depth. Our 25kg Polybags will roughly cover 0.4sqm.
Taking our earlier example into consideration, the total area needed to cover for the driveway was 48 sqm. Therefore, approximately 4 bulk bags would be required for 50mm depth.
Please be aware that this information can only be given as a rough guide due to the differing sizes of gravels, as this will lead to a slightly different coverage.
Natural stone is a wonderful investment because of its durability but unfortunately, it’s not indestructible. Using harmful products or overlooking maintenance might risk damaging your beautiful stone.
Although the internet is full of DIY-cleaning products recipes, we advise you to click awayas fast as you can. What are some products to avoid?
Depending on the density of the stone these products might break down your sealers, or even worse, etch or burn your natural stone. It is important to use cleaning products that have the right pH level, 7 neutral.Luckily there are some products on the market that are safe to use. We advise using the products by Rob Parker’s Best. They have been scientifically developed to address the care and maintenance of all stone.
At Stoneworld we care about the afterlife of the products you buy from us. Like you, we want it to look great for years to come. If you have any questions about stone care, do not hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to help.