Designing a Greener Town: Green Driveway Ideas
A greener town has many elements. Smart buildings are popping up these days which generate more energy than they use. While we can’t all afford to turn our homes into “smart” private residences which contain the ultimate in green design elements, such as solar panels, and green technology, we can contribute to a greener town by creating gravel driveways.
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Gravel Driveways are Eco-friendly
Today, we’d like to share information about these driveways, including their key features and benefits, how they are constructed and which materials are needed in order to build them.
What Is a Green Driveway, Anyway?
A green driveway isn’t anything new in terms of design. It’s actually a gravel driveway and these have been around since the end of the 19th Century. The first driveways were made from cobblestone (in the mid-nineteenth century.
Gravel driveways were next up.
Today, they continue to be popular with consumers, because they typically last from ten to twelve years, because they may be installed, DIY-style (or by hiring a local contractor) and because they don’t require the use of paving materials which contain petroleum (asphalt for a paved driveway will contain petroleum).
Also, gravel is a sustainable material. It’s not something that is scarce, so using it won’t put strain on the environment. You won’t need to feel guilty about building a driveway with gravel!
Gravel driveways are all-natural. For this reason, they are truly green. As well, it’s pretty easy to maintain these types of driveways, especially if they are built intelligently in the first place, with a mind to minimizing or eliminating drainage problems. With this in mind, let’s talk about what’s needed in order to construct a gravel driveway!
Which Materials Do You Need?
To make a gravel driveway which is designed to be strong, durable and easy-care, you’ll need to enough gravel to cover the mapped-out space for your driveway with three to five layers of gravel. As well, you’ll need tools or equipment for clearing the ground in the mapped-out space, if it’s not clear already.
In addition, you’ll need enough plastic paving grids to form an under layer. Plastic paving grids work for asphalt and gravel driveways, so don’t let the word, “paving” in plastic paving grids put you off. As well, if you want to add a border, you’ll need materials for that, such as bricks or logs. Lastly, you’ll need some wooden stakes, twine and measuring tools.
How to Build a Green Driveway
The first step should always be mapping out the space for your driveway. You’ll need to decide if your proposed placement makes sense from a drainage perspective and a logistical perspective. Once you’ve decided on a placement, it will be time to measure.
Most people do this by mapping out the physical space with a border of wooden stakes pushed into the ground and then linked with twine. After you map out the space physically, you may move forward and measure it with your preferred measuring tool, such as a long measuring tape.
Your measurements will come in handy during the next step, which is ordering plastic paving grids and gravel, as well as enough materials for your border, if you plan to have one.
Accurate measurements will minimize the risk of buying too much of what you need, or too little. Order online or locally and request delivery of the gravel on the construction day. Bear in mind you’ll need three to five thin layers of gravel in order to make a solid driveway, as well as enough plastic paving grids to cover the whole space.
These grids are made from recycled plastic, so they are very eco-friendly and they interlock easily, so they are simple to use. Some people put a thin layer of pebbles over the plastic paving grids before adding gravel. To find out if you need pebbles, choose a supplier for plastic paving grids and then read instructions on how to use them online.
To build your green driveway, make sure the mapped-out space is level and free of debris. Then, lay down the plastic paving grids. Cover in a thin layer of pebbles if the instructions say to do that. After you do this, put the gravel down one layer at a time.
Rake each layer as you go in order to make sure that it’s even. Once you rake the last layer of gravel, add your border if you want to.
These Driveways are Very Rugged
In addition to being “green” driveways, gravel driveways are very rugged. Since you’ve added an under layer of plastic paving grids, you’ll get even more benefits from this type of driveway, such as weed deterrence and extra driveway strength.
As well, these paving grids promote optimal drainage, which means less maintenance.
Now that you know how to design a greener town with our green driveway ideas, why not plan a project today?
About Fergus @MatsGrids
MatsGrids are suppliers of Ground reinforcement systems, grass reinforcement and protection mesh for domestic and commercial landscaping projects. Our business mission is to become the UK’s leading supplier of groundworks, civils and landscaping products. Over the last few years, our company has grown to become one of the UK’s most reputable suppliers to these sectors and today we supply our range of products to thousands of businesses and end users within the UK and overseas.