What To Think About Before Installing a New Driveway


Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you’re looking to refresh the look and function of your current property, your driveway is something worth putting a serious amount of thought into.

This month, we’re looking at some of the considerations you should make when it comes to finding the perfect driveway for your home.

What is wrong with the current one?

The first thing to identify is what is lacking from the current driveway. Has it become worn or damaged over time? Is it no longer big enough to suit your needs? Or does it simply no longer look as nice as it once did? There are plenty of reasons to have a new driveway installed on your property; figuring out exactly what you want to rectify is vital to achieving a driveway that you can truly be proud of.

For the best results, you should convey these thoughts to your chosen driveway installers. As experts in the field, your designers and installers will be able to transform outdated or inefficient driveways to suit your exact tastes and requirements.

What would you like your new driveway to look like?

A driveway can be like a red carpet for your property, sometimes it’s all about presentation. Redesigning or installing a new driveway from scratch presents the perfect opportunity to refresh the exterior of your home. A driveway offers a first impression to any visitor, so have a think about how you would like to rejuvenate the look of your property.

With a bespoke driveway design service you can turn your own design ideas into a reality. Combine function and convenience with attractive, modern and creative design and you’ll soon be reaping the benefits of a high quality driveway designed around you.

Think about drainage

Unfortunately, many homes aren’t designed to handle a rapid influx of water. Storms and heavy rainfall can often lead to pooling water on your property, which can then lead to flooding. While you might have effective guttering and roof cladding on your home, rainwater flowing over your driveway also requires proper drainage so it is taken efficiently away from your property. Neglecting drainage is one of the most common mistakes made when homeowners attempt to design and construct their own driveways. In fact, poor drainage might be one of the main reasons you’d like a driveway redesign in the first place. If you happen to live in an area which sees significant rainfall over the year, you’ll soon start to see the benefits properly planned driveway drainage can bring.

Your driveway installers will be able to identify the best methods of drainage when they carry out their site survey and get stuck into the planning stage. If possible, a permeable driveway might be the most suitable option.

Permeable driveways are one of the most effective ways of controlling the flow of water on your property and are available in a range of designs and finishes. Your driveway designers can advise on the suitability of a permeable driveway for your home, and can take care of all your driveway drainage needs to ensure the most efficient and reliable operation possible for years to come.

Bespoke driveway design

To make sure that your driveway performs to the highest standards, a bespoke driveway design and installation service is a wise choice. Driveway experts will work with you every step of the way, from initial site survey to the planning, design and installation of a driveway tailored to your needs. You can create a driveway which perfectly combines function and aesthetic regardless of size or scale, so whether you need a colourful shingle driveway to cover the entire approach to your home, or something more compact or contemporary, a driveway design service is the ideal solution.

R&J Landscapes have a wealth of experience designing and installing driveways throughout Watford, Harrow, Aylesbury and the surrounding areas. We provide a thorough design and installation service for shingle driveways and concrete driveways, and our expert team are on hand to provide all the advice and assistance you need to attain your dream driveway – designed to your needs. To find out more about all of our services, dont hesitate to get in touch with us today. We are always happy to help.