Posted 19th Jun 2022

Paving on Gravel – Why You Should Consider Doing it

We all want the best for our property and the value it holds. The driveway is an extremely important part of any property. It's a place where people get in their cars and drive away. But did you know there is such a thing as paving on gravel? When most people think of paving, the natural thought is that you need a concrete slab. But there are actually two ways to get a paved driveway, walkway or patio; gravel or concrete. This article discusses the pros and cons of paving on gravel which might help you decide whether it's the right choice for you.

Can you put paving slabs on gravel?

Paving on gravel is something that we don’t often think about doing, but there are some good reasons why you should consider it. Can you put paving slabs on gravel? Yes, although if you’re thinking of using paving slabs to cover the whole area, then you’ll need to consider other factors as well.

Firstly, it’s important to know that there are different types of paving slabs available:

Standard – These are commonly used for driveways and footpaths. They are usually made from concrete and have a smooth finish.

Textured – These are used in areas where there will be heavy traffic or where it’s likely that people will be walking on them with shoes (e.g., shops). The texture helps to prevent slips and falls.

Decorative – These come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in any situation where you want a bit of variety or something different from the norm. They can also be used as edging between lawns and driveways etc., which is why they’re often referred to as ‘edging’ or ‘border’ slabs.

 

How to lay stepping stones on gravel

Paving on gravel is not only a great way to create a patio, but it can also be used as a walkway or driveway. When you are paving over gravel, it is important to know how much gravel you need, what type of gravel works best for paving and how to lay stepping stones on gravel.

Stepping Stones are small stones set at regular intervals across your driveway or patio to help create a level surface. They can be laid directly onto gravel, but they need some sort of base layer underneath them if the underlying gravel is soft or uneven. This can be achieved by laying down sand first before installing the stones on top of it.

 

How much gravel do you need?

The amount of gravel needed depends on the size of your project and the type of gravel that you are using. For example, if you have a walkway with stepping stones that is 2 feet wide and 20 feet long, then you will need about 1 ton (or 2 cubic yards) of gravel for each foot of width and length. If your area is larger than this, then you will need more than one ton.

For paving over gravel in areas such as walkways or driveways, coarse-grained materials are best because they are less likely to wear down quickly under foot traffic than finer-grained materials. Coarse-grained materials such as limestone or crushed granite are best suited for this kind of project because they provide good traction and do not break down easily when walked on by people or pets.

Dry laying slabs on gravel or sand

If you have a gravel driveway, then you might be considering laying paving slabs on top. This is a great way to extend the life of your existing driveway and make it look more attractive. However, if you plan to do this then it’s worth considering whether you should lay dry slabs on gravel or sand.

Dry laying slabs on gravel is a fairly common practice because it’s easy to do and doesn’t require any special equipment or skills. The only thing that’s required is for you to remove the top layer of gravel and compact the base underneath. Once this has been done, you simply lay your paving slabs down onto the compacted base and complete the job by filling in any gaps between them with mortar mix.

The problem with dry laying slabs on gravel is that there are risks involved in doing so. If you don’t remove enough of the top layer of gravel, then there’s a chance that some of it will be left behind when you lay down your paving slabs. This can result in uneven surfaces which can lead to cracks forming in your new path or patio after only a short period of time.

 

Combining paving with decorative gravel and stones

Paving on gravel is a great way to add a new dimension to your garden or patio. You can use paving to create a border for your lawn, or you can use it to create a path or patio area.

The main advantage of paving on gravel is that you can have the best of both worlds. You get the low maintenance, natural look that comes with gravel, but at the same time you can still have something more aesthetically pleasing than just bare gravel. The best way to do this is by using decorative stones in conjunction with paving slabs. This will give you an interesting contrast between the two materials, which will help make your garden look even more attractive.

You can use asphalt to pave over gravel, or even concrete. You can also use decorative stones or pebbles in combination with the other materials to create some really cool effects. The pros of this type of paving include it looks fantastic; it does not require much maintenance; it adds value to your property; and it’s very affordable compared with other types of paving materials.

Installing a Walkway of Pavers and Pebbles

Paving on gravel is a wonderful way to create an attractive walkway that is functional and durable. We have many customers who have used this method with great success, so we thought we would share some of our experiences with you.

The best place to start when thinking about installing a walkway of pavers and pebbles is to consider what type of materials you want to use. If you want to use natural stones or artificial stones, then you will need to find someone who can install them for you.

Ensure that the ground has been prepared properly before laying down your stones. If it hasn’t been compacted enough, then your stones won’t stay where they are supposed to be and could end up falling out of place over time. This will also make it much more difficult for water drainage when it rains heavily in your area.

 

You don’t have to do much maintenance with a paver walkway. You can sweep the sand off with a broom once or twice a year, but it’s not necessary to remove it more often than that. You can also just hose it off if you want to clean it up more quickly.

Block paving vs. gravel driveway

Gravel driveways are often seen as a cheaper alternative to asphalt or concrete, but is it really? Well, yes and no. A gravel driveway can be cheaper than asphalt or concrete, but only if you don’t need to do any extra work with it. If you want to add curves, for example, then a gravel driveway will require more work than an asphalt one.

But what about block paving? Is this a good alternative to gravel? Well, not exactly. Block paving is a lot less common because it’s more expensive than gravel. It’s also more time consuming to install and requires a lot more maintenance in the long run.

So, what’s the difference between block paving vs. gravel driveway?

The first thing you will want to consider is how much do you want to spend? If you’re looking for a cheaper option, then gravel might be more appropriate for your needs. The next thing you should think about is whether or not you have pets or children? If so, then paving would be the way to go as it is more durable than gravel and therefore less likely to damage when cars drive over it. This means that there will be less maintenance required over time.

If, however, your primary concern is durability then gravel may be more suitable as it can last up to 30 years with minimal maintenance required during this period of time.

 

Better Place Remodeling

So, there you have it, a few reasons why you should consider paving on gravel and a few examples to inspire. Just remember, don’t be afraid of trying something new. If you’re looking for a team of professionals to help you with an upcoming driveway renovation or repaving project Better Place Remodeling can help. For more information or to schedule your free consultation visit https://www.betterplaceremodeling.com/