Drainage For Your Driveway or Patio in Nuneaton
Driveways and patios both require drainage in order to handle the surface water that leaks on to your driveway. The question is if it is to be natural drainage like a lawn or if it requires hard drainage like Aco drains to handle it.
Driveways and patio are target areas for rain. Regardless of the type of surface you have (excluding permeable) water has to be able to flow off of it and not stay pooling on it.
If water pools on your driveway, it can lead to damage occurring. With tarmac driveways in Nuneaton if its laid by an approved tarmac contractor or not, it can cause it to moss over and start unravelling. On block paving it will slowly erode the sand underneath the block paving in Nuneaton.
When your driveway is being prepared from the start, the base levels need to be set as required to ensure the direction of the water flow is set. Now on larger areas, you can use a concrete channel drain to direct it along a smaller path. Alternatively, you can use channel drains like Aco drains to drain it away.
If you live in England, you need to make sure you comply with SUDS regulations otherwise you might face a fine. In Ireland, they have not yet implemented SUDS but more than likely will happen as the entire process is causing problems during water recycling.
We do not recommend standard gulley’s for draining water as the area is too small and it is too difficult to guarantee the water will flow smoothly down the gulley especially as time progresses and the levels might shift slightly.
Regardless of how you catch the water, the important part is where do you send it? Do you have it flow onto your lawn area or do you need a soak away pit to handle it.
If its only a small amount of water, you can use grass or gravel to drain it away naturally. With gravel, its normally a strip of gravel which is about 50cm deep. This lets water flow into it and drain away.
The problem with both of these is the amount of water they can take in one go. On driveways or patios that will be getting heavier downpours of rain, you need to use a soak pit. If in doubt, you should visit the Nuneaton County Council website.
An Example Of A Soak Pit
A soak pit is a hole that is dug off to one side of the area. It is back filled with rubble and coarse stone. It should be about 1m x 1m and around 5m deep. The depth is important to ensure it goes deeper than the soil and is hitting a rock bed.
With a soak pit you can have a pipe running to it from your drains and it will handle a significant amount of water.
The choice between Aco drains and concrete channel drains comes down to preference and that Aco drains can carry away more water. However if you are going to use block paving on your driveway, we recommend using them as concrete drains don’t blend in properly.
After the most common types of driveways that are available, some customers prefer a different type of surface for their driveway. It could be the price saving or the fact its more natural. Either way we think new driveways in Nuneaton regardless if its block paving, tarmac or gravel are a great way to create a welcoming entrance to your home.
What is a gravel driveway?
A gravel driveway is a coarse / rounded stone like shingle. It can vary in size and in colour and is suitable for any type of vehicle or foot traffic. However, if it is more orientated towards cars, we recommend a larger stone as turning on it can crush smaller gravel. Larger gravel is not as easy to negotiate on foot so there is a little trade off involved when you are deciding.
Gravel driveways are prepared the same way as any other driveway is prepared. It requires a solid base, preferably permeable as a gravel driveway when its installed correctly will be a permeable driveway. It will need heavy duty membrane sheeting to stop weeds growing through as well.
You can choose to lay your gravel driveway on stabilisers which helps to keep the gravel in place or you can lay it directly down on top of the membrane. It you opt for a directly, make sure to use an edging kerb or a paving block which is benched in concrete to contain your gravel otherwise it will spill out.
Why Choose Gravel?
Gravel has some benefits to it. Firstly, it is inexpensive when you compare it to block paving or tarmac for your Nuneaton driveway. Secondly, its very easily installed so on larger driveways, the job is done significantly faster than other styles of driveways and thirdly, its permeable. No issues with water flooding or water pooling on your driveway.
The most common form of gravel colour used in Ireland is the Wicklow Gold colour. Available from multiple sources, its colour is a soft autumn gold colour which blends in nicely with really any style of a house. Of course, there is other colours available which are easily viewed at any stone quarry.
Can I Use Gravel With Other Products?
You can still choose to use block paving in Nuneaton with your driveway by adding a paving edge at the entrance of your driveway or right at your front door. It really helps at the front door as it keeps stones out of your hallway.
Maintenance on a gravel driveway is performed once or twice a year by going out and raking over any dips or hollows you see in it. You should buy yourself a cheap blower to blow the leaves off the gravel as well. As long as the membrane stays intact below it, you really shouldn’t have any problems with weeds growing through.
Once every 3 years you should get a little top of gravel that matches it as gravel will slowly break down over time and become fairly worn out. If in doubt, you can always visit a local driveway contractor for gravel driveways in Nuneaton like https://www.newlifelandscaping.co.uk/gravel-driveways/nuneaton/ to get a free quote.
We spoke a lot about gravel for your driveway but gravel is also great if you are looking to have a low maintenance patio or garden area. If you have a flower bed that needs constant attention, you can add a layer of membrane over it. Cut out the spaces for the plants and cover the entire area with gravel.
On patio areas, gravel is great for running as natural drainage around the outside of it and can be used in conjunction with many a water feature to enhance the sound of the water falling. It is not great for a seating area obviously as no chair will sit correctly on it however.
Overall gravel makes a great long term and cost-effective solution for any driveways in Nuneaton. It provides long term value, fast installation and can be laid on any type of a driveway area. It can be enhanced with paving products, granite products and even tarmac.
If you are thinking of having a gravel driveway in Nuneaton, make sure to check around and get a reliable company that can supply and install it. Most suppliers don’t install it so you’d better off asking some local contractors for prices on supplying and installing it as they have the equipment to get it and lay it.