Recently bought a home? Maybe you have just moved into your 3rd, 4th or 5th house – something that is apparent across all homeowners is the mindset to constantly improve a home – Constantly looking to add value wherever possible. Most people will kit it out with the latest widescreen TV, new audio system, new carpets or sometimes a new color of paint can drastically change the look and feel of a room or even the whole house. One thing that is often not the top of people’s lists is the driveway. A driveway is often the first thing that people see when visiting a home. A little bit of money can go a long way and really bring a new lease of life to a property.
This blog will give you a few tips on how you can work towards creating the ideal exterior for your home. Taking the time to read through these tips and advice for your home will get the creative juices flowing so that you can have the home of your dreams in no time.
What Material are You going to go for?
As with anything, you are likely to have many options for choosing the material for a project, your driveway floor is no exception. From concrete to small stones and everything in between taking the time to research the different types is a great idea. Below we have taken two of the most common types of red granite and concrete.
Red Granite Aggregate
If you are looking to push the boat out when it comes to improving your driveway then there really is no other alternative, red granite aggregate is the choice for you. It looks great when dry and even better when wet. It adds a touch of class to a home and will likely help your house stand out from other homes on your street. One thing to look out for is the cost and sizing of your Red Granite Aggregate. There is a range of great Aggregate Calculators out there that will be able to tell you how much you need to buy to cover a certain pre-defined area. Once you have a few quotes you can then shop around until you find one that falls in your price range.
Concrete for Driveways
This type of driveway is one of the most common choices across the world. Hosting a whole heap of benefits concrete really is a good all-round choice for your driveway. There is very little maintenance involved, which will work out cheaper than granite and will also stand the test of time because of its durability. One thing to consider when opting for a concrete driveway is that during cold weather sometimes the concrete will break during repeat freezes. For most, this is something that you do not need to worry about but if you live somewhere with extremely cold winters you may want to rethink it.
How Much Are You Going to Spend
Taking the time to budget things properly in the early days of your project is vital this is what will prevent you from turning a £2000 driveway project into an £8000 project. We strongly recommend that you get quotes from multiple sources and also try to go straight to the manufacturer.
A great way to reduce the headache of getting all of your aggregate to only find it is not what you wanted is to ensure that you get samples. Speaking with any provider of granite or gravel you will find that they are happy to send you this ahead of you purchasing your full amount.
Create a Spreadsheet and Plan
One of the most important parts of any driveway project is to make sure that you have a spreadsheet and timeline detailing what needs to be done and by when. This will help you feel organized and also allow you to cost forecast knowing which tools and materials you will need by certain dates.
We hope that you have found some of the tips above useful and look forward to hearing the great work that you are able to do.