What Gravel should I use for my driveway? 

What Gravel should I use for my driveway? 

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 DIYlaying 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 costeffective 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.  

 

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Paving: 8x why you should choose natural stone over concrete

Paving: 8x why you should choose natural stone over concrete

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.  

  1. Every slab of natural stone has its own colour, texture and natural markings. This makes your design unique in comparison to manufactured coloured concrete.
  2. If you maintain and seal your natural stone, the colour and appearance will stay the same over time. It doesn’t wear, unlike paving equivalents.
  3. 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.
  4. Natural stone is frost resistant.
  5. 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.
  6. You can easily avoid threats like fungus. Just make sure you seal and maintain your stone.
  7. Natural stone will increase the value of your house when you decide to resell.
  8. 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.  

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How to calculate how much gravel you will need for your project?

How to calculate how much gravel you will need for your project?

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.  

If you would like to purchase gravel, please see our full gravel range here >> 

 

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6 products you should never clean your natural stone with (even when DIY-recipes say you can).

6 products you should never clean your natural stone with (even when DIY-recipes say you can).

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 away as fast as you canWhat are some products to avoid? 

  • Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Lemon
  • Hydrogen peroxide 
  • Baking soda  
  • Acetone

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.  

Interested in more tips on how to clean your stone? Read more here. 

 

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Stoneworld is Championing British Stone

Stoneworld is Championing British Stone

Stoneworld is Championing British Stone 

In response to higher demand from garden designers and landscapers, Stoneworld now have a range of stone paving : The Great British Stone Selection. The range seeks to give customers the best choice of high quality British stone paving.  Buying British enables those wishing to make a more environmentally sensitive choice on landscaping projects the ability to do so. 

Products include stone paving and setts from around the British Isles, including Westmoreland  slates, Portland & Purbeck limestones, York stones, and traditional gritstones.  

As we all seek to find more sustainable ways of operating, it is time to rediscover what British stone has to offer landscape design, and reacquaint with products that have been overlooked by the trades in more recent years. 

By choosing British stones customers can help the environment. Less transportation requirements from quarry to site will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint on any garden design project. Plus, at the same time we can support our home quarries all around the UK. 

Paving stones are available in a variety of colours from  gentle to dramatic hues; traditional and classic formats, and of course British stone will sit extremely comfortably in any landscape design in this country. 

British sandstone is available in many formats, and York stone is of course the classic British sandstone. 

York Stone Paving

We have seven different York stones on offer, each with their own distinctive characteristics, such as Lambton, a self- faced York stone or Barset, a sawn  York stone format, in both paving and setts. Plus we have Earnshaw, Linton, Cardale & Bampton (2 colour variations).  

Linton York Stone Paving

Browse the range to find your perfect format!

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Gritstone Paving

There are also other classic sandstones in the range, such as classic Northumberland gritstones that have a wonderful gritty surface texture. They all have their own individual qualities. 

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Pennant Stone Paving

Pemberley , Stoneworld’s Pennant Sandstone Paving is supplied in a natural mix of sandy and greyish blue tones.  The traditional charm of this stone is the natural variation in the stone Pemberley Sandstone is supplied at a standard robust thickness of 50mm  

Pemberley Pennant Stone at Stoneworld

 

We also have an elegant grey/blue toned Pennant stone version, Tevershall 

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Purbeck Stone Paving

Sanditon, a Purbeck Limestone Paving, is a classic pale limestone paving that has graced our architecture in the British Isles for many centuries.  Grey and buff tones characterise this paving stone. This classic British stone is available in several formats of paving and setts. The subtle colour will give immense elegance to any garden design. 

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British Slate Paving

The range also features dramatic dark Cumbrian slates, such as Brantwood , a Westmoreland Green Slate Paving. It has a pale green colour with characteristic markings, that will add dramatic background to any planting scheme. 

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 Stoneworld Masonry Services

If your design requires bespoke finishing, Stoneworld’s masonry factory will be able to achieve the spec you require. Any stone can be fabricated to create a unique product by taking advantage of the onsite masonry services available at Stoneworld.  Using the latest in stone cutting technology, bespoke stone wall copings, swimming pool copings, step treads, etc can be cut to create a perfect finish on any project. 

If your project needs precision stone-cutting our masonry workshop will make lightwork of the requirements, using the latest in stone cutting technology

Find out more about our Masonry Services here>>

Stoneworld offer a vast selection of paving and landscaping products from all corners of the world. 

Alongside The Great British Stone Selection,  Stoneworld continue to supply  high quality stone from around the globe that the company has become known for. The products available are extremely durable and include beautiful examples of Indian sandstone and limestone. The sale of these stones supports the economic development of these emerging countries, and there is pride at Stoneworld at continuing to do this.  These imported stone products represent the best quality available, and Stoneworld continue to develop the products they  offer with their highly trusted suppliers overseas. 

There are also high quality porcelain paving choices in a wide variety of colours and formats. 

Stoneworld aim to empower the customer by giving plenty of quality stone options to choose from 

The team at Stoneworld is always available to give advice on any stone purchase. 

Contact us today to get your project started>>