A guide to choosing gravel for a driveway

Choosing a gravel driveway is often the most cost-effective option compared to block paving or concrete. A gravel driveway can also provide the most attractive finish and offers almost unparalleled possibilities by being available in a range of styles and colours to suit individual properties. To help you we’ve put together a brief guide on how to choose gravel for a driveway to ensure you get the finish that is right for your project.

Choosing the right shape

Gravel used on driveways should be angular, rather than rounded. Angular gravels displace less easily and form a stable surface, especially when Gravelrings gravel retention panels are installed to help keep the gravel where it’s supposed to be. Rounded gravel, such as marine washed aggregates, aren’t generally suitable for driveways as it can rut easily when it is driven on and produce an unstable surface.

Choosing the right size

The most popular and best sizes for driveway gravel are between 14mm and 20mm. Anything larger can be damaging if, for example, any of the gravel gets flicked up on to cars, and can also be difficult to walk on, although again installing Gravelrings can help stabilise your driveway and keep gravel in place. Which size you opt for within the recommended size band is down to personal preference and the finish you want to achieve.

Choosing the right material

Hardwearing materials like granite, basalt, flint and some types of limestone are all popular choices for gravel driveways. The colour and finish you want to achieve will influence your choice of gravel material, but you’ll also notice a difference in price depending on the material. Using inspiration sites like Houzz and Pinterest can help you visualise what the final finish will look like and help inform your decision.

Choosing the right colour

Gravel for driveways comes in a kaleidoscope of colours. Think about the overall finish you want to achieve. Blue and grey hues are popular, and many options on the market come with several shades to avoid the totally flat finish that comes from using a single colour of gravel. You should also consider what the gravel looks like when it’s wet (it’s Britain, after all). Gravel in shades of rusts and pink can be particularly attractive after rainfall. Also, some gravels are matt, whereas others have a more sparkly finish, so spend some time considering what will work best for your project. Consider getting samples of the gravels you like to compare them in situ and help you make the right choice. Also consider the colour of the gravel retention system. Gravelrings panels come in both black and white, so whichever colour gravel you decide on, the base will blend well if it becomes exposed at any time.

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