It is possible that you have seen gravel in some country side but if you have never been to such places then it is also possible that you may have not seen even one of these because the popularity of these gravel driveways are limited to some areas and these are not equally famous in all areas. However, for the area where these are popular these are the choice of the most of the people. These have their own pros and cons and these are listed below:
One of the major advantages of the gravel driveways are that these are very much affordable and these are way less expensive than the asphalt and the concrete which are used in other kind of the paved surfaces.
Not only the initial cost of the above-mentioned materials and the installation is costly but their maintenance is also very costly. In case of the gravel driveway in Melbourne, the regular maintenance is very easy as well. The gravel has different layers and since these are the crushed stones and with the passage of the time these are pushed down by the weight and the water as well and for maintenance of these, all you have to do is to add more stones to it. However, this needs to be done two times in the year but this time period could also be prolonged depending on the area and the weather conditions.
Installation is one of the major advantages of the gravel driveways as well since these are straightforward and all you have to do is to add layers of the gravel and wait for the layers to settle. Usually this takes a week before you could add another layer. One thing you must be careful about is that you need to fill out all the gaps and the surface must be smooth as well.
Helps in drainage of the water:
The gravel are small crushed stones and therefore, the water is able to dissipate into these and with the passage of the time, this turns in to vapours and therefore, this does not remain in the driveways and cause it to crack.
Difficult for removing snow:
For the area where the weather is very cold and it snows every now and then, the gravel driveways are not a very good idea since the snow gets stuck between the stones and it is almost impossible to separate it from the stones since removing it will also remove the layer of the stones.
In case of the gravel driveways, there are not much of the option with the colour and the design patterns and therefore, you have to go with the basic one.