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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What is meant by the term Sawn Paving?


The term Sawn Paving describes a contemporary format of natural stone paving available from some stone suppliers.

Whereas riven paving is created by splitting the stone where it naturally splits on the seam, sawn paving is machine made.

How is sawn paving made?

Sawn paving is created on a machine where each of the 6 sides of a paving slab, i.e.  the  4 edges and the 2 surfaces, have been machine sawn.

This creates a perfectly square or rectangular slab with a calibrated (regular) thickness.  Each slab has straight edges and a flat top surface.  The top surface can then be either sandblasted, brushed, honed or flamed for a final design finish.

The surface finishes applied to sawn paving

Sandblasting: the surface is blasted under high pressure with grains of sand. This creates a slightly textured surface, which is grainy to the touch.

Honed: this surface finish is created by polishing the surface. The result is smooth to the touch with a low sheen.

Flamed:  the surface of granite paving can be torched with a flame.  This causes crystal particles on the surface to burst, creating an overall roughness or pitted surface.

Brushed:  The slab surface is brushed with diamond coated nylon bristles which take away some of the softer particles from the surface.  A slightly textured surface is achieved.

Acid Etched: Limestone paving reacts with acid. The treatment of the surface with acid creates a nonslip texture by burning away a little of the surface.

At Stoneworld we offer a full range of sawn paving. Browse the full paving range here>>

What Is The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?

What Is The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?

What Is The Difference Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?

Although some people interchange the terms ‘porcelain’ and ‘ceramic’ when describing tiles, they are actually two different things and due to their makeup, and in certain circumstances, particularly in the UK, one might be more appropriate for a project than another.

Find out here how they differ to make sure you choose the right product for your project.

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