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Update Your Driveway for Real Kerb Appeal

Your driveway is one of the first things you see when approaching your home – it can add kerb appeal, security, and elegance to your home without having to gain planning permission or affect your day to day life during the building work.

Choosing the Right Materials

Your driveway material is one of the most important decisions you’ll make – it will affect the look for your drive, utility, and security. There are a number of options available, each depending on your priorities and preferences.


Gravel drives are the best option for good home security. The noise of the drive, even when walking, can be a deterrent to would-be thieves, especially if you then create a path around your home so it’s difficult to approach or look into your windows without making a sound. You can also choose from a range of materials including limestone chippings and slate, depending on your preferences and budget.

However, gravel drives ultimately require more maintenance – driving on gravel can create furrows and ruts, which then fill with water. They can also suffer from weeds growing through the gravel, or need recovering when gravel has been tamped into the ground or just displaced over a number of years. In addition to recovering, you will need to rake the gravel regularly to make sure that the driveway has an even covering.

Brick or Pavers

Brick or paved driveways are typically more expensive than gravel, but feel more luxurious. You can comfortably walk on your drive barefoot, but they do not offer the same level of home security since you can walk or drive on bricks without creating a lot of additional noise.

Despite the additional cost, a brick or paved driveway requires less maintenance in the long-run so you may save money since a brick drive will last considerably longer than a gravel one without required recovering. The paving will just require cleaning every so often, without the need to continually top up the materials as you would with a gravel driveway.

Whether you’d like a gravel, brick, pavers, or a natural stone driveway, Lawsons can provide the materials you need for the project. Take a look at our options and buy online, or call your local branch to arrange quick delivery.