Driveways are one of the first things seen at the arrival of a new property or residence. Whilst functionality is always the main consideration, the style and design are now becoming an increasingly important part of the process. Having installed a range of asphalt driveways for hundreds of families and businesses throughout Perth and in WA’s semi-rural areas, we are able to provide our clients with a significant range of driveway ideas tailored to their property.
The Best Driveway Ideas Start With Selecting The Right Surface
Selecting the right driveway surface is a crucial part of the initial scope when looking to resurface or install a new driveway. With so many materials to choose from within today’s marketplace, it’s difficult to know where to start. Surface materials such brushed pebble concrete driveways can offer a great visual aesthetic, whilst other options such as crushed brick, compacted gravel and reconstructed bitumen provide strong, robust options for bitumen driveways that require commercial and rural use.
Ultimately, it comes down to how you are going to use the driveway and which material will work best for you. If you’re struggling for driveway ideas, here are some of the most popular surface options currently available on the market.
- Brushed Pebble Concrete
- Coloured Concrete
- Honed Concrete
- Recycled Bitumen
- Black Reconstructed Bitumen
- Red/Earth Recycled Bitumen
Rural Driveway Surfaces
- Compacted Gravel
- Crushed Brick
- Exposed Aggregate
- Liquid Limestone
Other Popular Driveway Surfaces
- Asphalt (red, brown or black)
- Brick paved
- Assorted gravel and concrete
- Blueberry Stone
Why We Work Mainly With Asphalt for Driveways
Over the years we have found that asphalt resurfacing is one of the most popular materials used in carparks, larger driveways and semi-rural areas. When compared with other popular options such as concrete driveway resurfacing, asphalt provides a more robust solution in terms of its flexibility and affordability.
Construction time is substantially reduced when using asphalt compared to other materials due to its ability to ‘cure’ at a faster rate, making it virtually usable within hours of being laid. Other installations such as concrete driveways can take weeks before they are ready to be used. Thanks to its highly durable material composition, asphalt is also able to bend and shape itself in extreme temperature and weather conditions, making it cheaper to maintain with a much longer shelf life of up to 30 years on average – depending on use.
Rural driveways also commonly use asphalt due to its level of grip protection, helping to reduce the risk of skidding or lost control, especially for commercial properties who have heavy machinery utilising the surface on a regular basis. Asphalt is also selected as a preference over other surfaces such as limestone, pavers or concrete driveways as it gives off much less glare for drivers and the path or driveway blends better into its natural environment without blinding its users.
To Kerb Or Not To Kerb – That Is The Question
When exploring the driveway ideas that best suit your needs, a valuable consideration is whether or not to add kerbing. Not only does it help improve the visual aesthetic of the driveway, but it can also provide structural support to the driveway itself.
Drivers are able to see the boundaries of the driveway, and kerbs even help to discourage drivers from using the edge of the driveway for parking. During the winter months, kerbing is also great for channelling runoff water into storm drains, helping to keep your surface dry, maintained and protected.
If you’re in the early stages of looking for driveway ideas, it’s worth considering the type of kerbing material used. With options such as vinyl, timber or concrete kerbing available, it’s worth noting the advantages of each before you make any firm decisions. Concrete is one of the most popular materials used for kerbing in Western Australia due to its ability to handle excessive weather conditions whilst maintaining its shape and structural support.
The Hardest Part Is Getting Started
As with any major project, the hardest part is always getting started. Doing your research is a key component to generating the most creative, functional and affordable driveway ideas. From carefully selecting the best materials to considering the style of the driveway, through to drainage and kerbing solutions, there are plenty of factors to consider before taking the first step into your new driveway.
Unsure about where to start? We welcome you to contact the team at NK Asphalt who will be able to present several driveway ideas for your consideration tailored around your needs.
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