Driveways Dorset – The Only Guide You Need

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A nicely framed tarmacadam driveway

Driveways Dorset – The range of driveways in Dorset are as broad as the landscape they are situated in. It’s refreshing to see that modern decorative paving surface installations such as resin bound and pattern imprinted concrete are popular alongside more traditional driveway surfaces such as block paving and gravel.

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House designs and styles play a major part in choosing the right type of surfacing for any driveway. Many driveways in Dorset provide both striking contrasts to existing buildings or elegantly blend in (as with many gravel driveways around period homes.)

Driveways Dorset – Same differences

Limestone from Purbeck has been used extensively in many buildings especially in the south of the county in areas such as Swanage and across to Weymouth and up as far a Wareham. In contrast Northern areas of the county have much less limestone in buildings.

Types of driveway surfaces in Dorset:

  • Resin Bound Driveways – This is one of the ‘newer‘ types of decorative driveway surface that is formed with gravel and resin. This creates a hard wearing and durable paving surfaces. There are many great examples of this paving product being put to good use throughout towns in Dorset and we expect to see a lot more of them in the future.

This resin bound driveway is a perfect match for the characteristic style of this house.

  • Block Paving Driveways – Individual and unique creations are possible by contrasting different coloured blocks with one another. Modern designs use more subtle blends of colour and create unique styles by alternating block sizes and textures.
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A block paving driveway

  • Pattern Imprinted Concrete  Driveways – This decorative paving surface is available in a range of colours and patterns. These range from cobble type designs (with several cobble options available) to grand slate type designs. To the untrained eye the similarity with natural stone is not easily identified. Generally pattern imprinted concrete is more popular in more densely populated areas.
  • Gravel Driveways – This is a favourite in rural areas so it’s no surprise that gravel driveways feature quite noticeably across Dorset.
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A 20mm granite effect gravel driveway

Not forgetting Tarmacadam! This is a very popular surfacing option in Dorset and offers a durable low cost solution.

Driveways Dorset – How to Choose a surfacing contractor

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