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What Material Should Your Driveway Be? | Tarmac, Gravel and Paved Driveways

Your driveway says a lot about your home. It’s likely to be the main access to your property and it deserves to look beautiful.

A good driveway will be stylish and functional. There are a few different materials that you can choose from, so it’s important to find the right one for you. You’ll need to keep your budget in mind, along with maintenance and quality.

Driveway Materials


Tarmac tends to be cost-effective and is the most common surface used for driveways. It’s made up of crushed stones and tar.

Tarmac is very functional due to its smooth and coherent surface. Cleaning is as easy as washing down with a garden hose and it can withstand heavy use. It’s quick to lay and is suitable for any size or shape of driveway.

You should get up to 20 years of usage so long as you keep up with maintenance. A protective sealant applied every 5 years can help to prevent cracking and could extend its life even further.

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Even cheaper than tarmac, gravel is an excellent solution for those who are on a tight budget. Gravel is a high-maintenance option as it will move around a lot. You’ll need to groom it regularly to keep the gravel where it should be, and it may sometimes need top-ups. It can also get quite dusty.

For rustic-looking properties gravel can be a really attractive option. Many people enjoy the crunch of a gravel drive and there are a lot of options available for colours, shapes and sizes. You’ll get many years of usage out of a gravel driveway, as long as it’s topped up there’s no reason it won’t last decades.

Block Paving

This is the most time-consuming option but can also be the most aesthetically pleasing. Block paving is a very attractive way to lay your driveway. Once it’s in, it’s durable and easy to repair. Damaged blocks are simple to replace.

You’ll need a skilled paver like A.P.Clark & Son to lay block paving so that it looks beautiful and functions correctly.

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Call A.P.Clark & Son For Your New Driveway in Bristol

Your driveway can really enhance the look of your home, so give it the treatment it deserves.

We’re a family-run business that specialises in the surfacing of driveways. If you’re looking for a new drive, or to resurface the one that you have then give us a call. We’d be happy to carry out a site visit and give you a free, no-obligation quote.

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