Although asphalt and concrete are the most common surfaces for driveways, gravel is still a good choice for many property owners. In certain places of the country, the gravel surface is growing in popularity. There are important advantages of using gravel as a driveway surface. The following are five of the most significant benefits.
Low installation costs
The costs of installation will vary depending upon your location. Material costs can be as low as $1.40 per square foot, but you still need to pay for delivery of the material. There will also be the cost of labor for someone to shovel the gravel onto your property and spread it out.
Low maintenance costs
Unlike other surfaces, there is virtually no such thing as repair costs. There is, however, maintenance that must be done. This maintenance consists of removing any stray gravel that has left the driveway areas, and ranking over spots of the gravel that have become uneven. Occasionally, there may be weeds that grow up through the gravel. These will need to be removed, but this will happen with concrete and asphalt along the seams and crack as well.
It can save water
It is common for property owners to hose down their asphalt and cement driveways. Although there is no need to do so, it is easier than using a broom. Of course, this consumes water, and this can be an important issue in many areas of the country because of water shortages. No one waters down a gravel driveway, so water is saved.
Eventually both asphalt and concrete need to replaced or resurfaced. With proper care, a gravel driveway can last a lifetime. It does not deteriorate over time due to weather conditions. It is possible that some of the gravel can be removed by traffic. Some of it is removed during maintenance, but in either case, it is a simple matter to add a little more gravel to your driveway, and it is as good as new.
Excellent weather characteristics
Gravel also has outstanding drainage characteristics. Because gravel sits on top of the soil, the water will drain through the spaces in the gravel and directly to the ground. Although the ground will be wet, the gravel on top will be relatively dry. This provides good traction for tires. Concrete and asphalt can also have drainage issues when the surface is not level or there is no incline.
For more information, contact Metro Reload Ltd or a similar company.