Advice & Reviews
March 9, 2018

Choosing the right materials for your driveway

At MKM, we supply standard, premium and permeable block paving, stone setts and a range of aggregates to help you create your perfect drive. Each type of material offers the durability you need for a driveway, but each brings a different look.

Here’s a summary of the different types of materials we offer:

Concrete block paving is one of the most popular solutions for driveways with a vast range of colours and finishes to suit your budget. Choose from the basic rectangle (often laid herringbone style), the tumbled or antique-style block, designed to look like the old fashioned setts, or special-shaped blocks which you can use to design your own unique shape or pattern.

Permeable paving, like concrete block paving, is rectangular in shape and comes in a range of colours and finishes. Permeable paving is a driveway solution which helps water to drain naturally and requires different installation to concrete block paving. If you are not sure whether you should consider a permeable paving installation, read our online guidelines or ask in branch for advice.

Natural stone setts are used to create a ‘cobbled street’ traditional style of finish to a driveway. Versatile and durable, natural stone setts are used to create beautifully simple, or wonderfully creative driveway designs.

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Aggregates come in a range of sizes and colours, so finding one to suit your style of home is easy. To have a look at the different options available, pop into a local branch today and see for yourself.

How long your driveway will last all depends on the type of material used, the quality of the installation, the climate, how often it is used and the weight it is regularly subjected to. For advice on choosing the right materials for your project, talk to one of our expert advisers.

Remember that the materials are only one part of your budget – preparation of the site and labour costs, plus any costs to the local council, should all be factored into your overall budget.

Good maintenance will keep your driveway looking like new

To keep your driveway low maintenance, use materials that are hard wearing and durable and employ a professional to install it for you. However, to keep your drive looking great, a little upkeep will be required from time to time. Power-washing block paving to remove dirt and grime, or replenishing the surface gravel, will help prolong the life of your driveway and keep it looking better for longer.

Before laying the driveway, make sure to use a weed membrane to avoid any nasty weeds popping up. This will save plenty of time and hassle in the future!
To receive expert advice on the right kind of materials to use for your driveway, talk to your local in-branch specialist. Find your nearest branch here.