For many people gravel is their preferred choice for a driveway as it gives a very natural look, is very permeable allowing for run-off from rainwater, is economical and can last for a very long time when looked after carefully with regular maintenance.
It is particularly popular in rural areas and for those with cottages because of the natural appearance it gives. Gravel refers to any loose rock or stone. It is smaller than cobbles for instance and usually is about 6 millimetre to 20 millimetre in diameter.
Regular maintenance is important to help ensure the driveway keeps it appearance and prevents the need for replacement. The advantage of a gravel driveway is that they can be repaired and replenished as and when is necessary.
As we know the earth moves and seasonal weather such as frosty and icy periods can cause cracking in solid materials. Gravel is less vulnerable to this kind of potential damage. Building a proper driveway repays for itself many times over during its lifespan.