If your property doesn’t benefit from somewhere to park your car, you might want to consider installing a new driveway.

Of course, this will depend on whether you have the space, materials and permissions to do so – let alone the budget. There are many factors to consider when building a new driveway.

If you want it to last and look like new for as long as possible, there are some things to bare in mind. Our blog will help you decide if a drive is right for you.

Choosing A Type Of Drive

The driveway will add value to your home alongside kerb appeal. It will be the first thing that your guests see as they turn up at your house.

An asphalt concrete drive is one of the most durable types. It is a popular choice for families! They are available in a variety of colours and styles to complete your home too.

A cobblestone drive is also popular as it has been used for centuries. Its distinct appearance is durable and can last for years. However, they can be expensive and need to be professionally installed.

Gravel is ideal for rural properties. It is cost-effective and will absorb moisture from rainwater instead of causing puddles. However, it does need some maintenance.

Your new driveway might benefit from being made of concrete. It is inexpensive but requires maintenance as it can crack over time due to adverse weather. They are more difficult to install, so a professional may need to be hired.

Cost Of A New Driveway

The cost of materials differs. If you are wanting to save money or you are working to a budget, do some research. Buying in bulk may also be beneficial.

Maintenance costs should also be considered as it may cost you more in the long run by going for a cheaper option which requires a lot of maintenance.

The longevity of the material should also be considered to ensure the driveway can withstand any weather conditions.


A straight driveway is the most obvious and basic design. It looks clean and tidy and offers plenty of space to park.

On the other hand, a curved layout may be more beneficial as they are easier to access or exit. It provides more privacy between your home and your neighbours too.


A drive must have ample and efficient drainage. If it lacks drainage, it will flood, causing more problems. The water may damage your home’s foundations.

Trenches can allow the water to drain out of the driveway, or a French drain system can offer a similar outcome.