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[Top»] What does my driveway say about me?

Your tired, old tarmac driveway can give off the wrong impression. Your driveway says a lot about you and your property and getting it right will not only improve the appearance and accessibility of your home but it will also add value to your property. A newly paved driveway makes the perfect ‘welcome home’ after a long day.

[Top»] Driveway designs

There are about as many designs of driveways as there are holiday destinations…….the choice of materials and colours are endless and as laying a driveway is not a simple project, we here at decision2day encourage you to take time and care in making sure you are 100% happy with your chosen style of driveway. Although you will no doubt have your own ideas on how you want your driveway to look, please discuss your thoughts with your driveway contractor and let them advice you on how best to proceed. Although you may have an endless choice of materials available to construct your driveway, you may be limited to the size and shape of it due to the driveway already being in position. There are wide selections of driveway paving finishes, such as paved, brick, gravel or block – your driveway could be the talk of the street.

[Top»] Do I need planning permission for my driveway? Read about new planning laws…….

Following the recent announcement by the Government, the permitted development rights for domestic front gardens have been changed and as from the 1st October 2008, planning permission is now required to lay ‘traditional impermeable driveways that allow uncontrolled runoff of rainwater from front gardens onto roads, because this can contribute to flooding and pollution of watercourses’. You will not require planning permission if a new driveway or parking area is constructed using a permeable block paving product, or if rainwater is able to run off and soak into the ground through soft landscaping such as grass or border planting. You will also not require planning permission if the hard surface is less than 5 square metres in area. There are no restrictions on areas of land around your house that you can cover with hard surfaces at, or near, ground level. These new planning rules only do not apply to Wales and Scotland, but do apply between the house and the road.

If you are unsure, always seek professional advice. Further information is available at www.planningportal.gov.uk or request The Planning Inspectorate's free booklet Planning, a Guide for Householders by phoning 0870 1226 236.

[Top»] Maintaining my new driveway

If you are having or recently had a new drive installed, then consider the benefits of sealing. Sealing your new driveway will stop moss forming in the joins or pattern features, stops weeds from taking hold, provides a better run off of rainwater and helps to resist staining from oil. If your old driveway has moss, weeds or stains, sealing your driveway with special acrylic sealant, will penetrate the surface, remove the moss and weeds and provide lasting protection. As with all maintenance work, its always best to keep your driveway clean and free from cars with engine problems, where your driveway could be at risk of oil spillage from the engine. When you give your lawn a cut, spend that little bit of extra time and give your driveway a bit of attention.