Some people may decide that they would rather save on the labour cost and build a driveway themselves.
The ability to do this will vary depending on the material you are planning on choosing, for example, a resin bound driveway would require specialist equipment and expertise to install properly – this, therefore, may warrant paying a professional do complete the job for you.
We explore what is and isn’t possible for the driveway surface you might go for below.
The most difficult part of the tarmac driveways is making sure the drainage is added to the driveway.
Many people may overlook that tarmac is impermeable, therefore any runoff water will need to go somewhere – or else it will be left standing.
Seeking outside help may be warranted to ensure this step is executed effectively.
2. Block Paving
Anyone with experience laying block paving already should find a DIY job fairly straight forward.
The hardest part for any block paving driveway is ensuring the pattern is executed correctly, therefore if you are unable to do this it may be worth either going for a simple mono-color design or paying a professional company.
Gravel is generally quite a straight forward processes. A point to consider is to ensure the weed membrane is installed correctly to make sure the weed growth through the gravel is controlled.
There are several things to consider when installing concrete, such as preparing the foundations, installing the iron rods and installing drainage.
Due to the complexity, it might be worth hiring a specialist firm to install your concrete driveway Sydney.
Resin driveways are highly complex and will most likely require a professional proficient in installing driveways using the material to do so.
Installing a DIY is certainly possible – however, you should expect it to take you considerably longer than paying a professional company to do so.
Upgrading Current Driveway
If you are looking to upgrade your current driveway using the same material that is currently there, the cost of the job will depend on how much you want to upgrade for most surfaces.
Tarmac is the easiest to upgrade as you can just lay another layer on top of the current tarmac driveway.
Upgrading block paving cost will depend on the extent of the work you require. If you are merely replacing a small patch/section, this could be a very cheap job.
If you are looking to overhaul the whole driveway – expect to pay considerably more.
Gravel driveways generally do not need to be upgraded, however, they do need to be regularly shaped and compacted to ensure large holes and divots do not appear.
If you have an under-maintained concrete driveway, you will most likely need to replace the whole driveway and start afresh.
Given the advancements in technology, this could mean installing a new type of concrete that is permeable – something to consider if this is a job you are planning to start.
As you can see, depending on the surface there are a few things to consider if you are looking to upgrade your existing driveway.
Is Upgrading your Driveway Right for you?
Some properties have an existing driveway and may be looking to either change the driveway material or upgrade the current one to bring it into the 21st century. Both have their merits and we consider them below.
How much this will cost and how long it will take is highly dependant on the surface you currently have and what you want to change it to.
If you are considering changing your current surface to a tarmac driveway, this can be relatively inexpensive and wouldn’t require you to dig it the current driveway as the tarmac will be laid on top the existing driveway.
For any other surface change i.e. going to block paving, gravel, stone or resin, the current driveway will need to be dug up down to the base as a fresh area will need to be prepared for these materials.
This could be quite an expensive job – depending on how much waste removal would be required.
Environmental Considerations for Your New Driveway
Placing a driveway can be an exciting period for many households. One facet that should be considered when selecting the surface is how will your driveway affect your local surroundings.
The most direct effect is always the amount of runoff water from impermeable surfaces. Installations of tarmac and concrete driveways are the major culprits for this.
As urban areas have become more built up to cater to everyday city life, the amount of permeable materials has reduced considerably, increasing the over-reliance on drainage being sufficient to cope with heavy rainfall.
What we have seen is the rate of flooding increases as the draining systems struggle to cope with the amount of water that is required to be drained over extended periods of heavy rainfall.
Households could play their part in helping to reduce this effect by installing driveways that are permeable, which means there is less runoff water that has to go through the drainage system.
Materials such as block paving, gravel, and permeable concrete are the best to combat this.