First and foremost, the driveway needs to withstand the load of vehicles and provide easy access between the road and where the vehicle is stored. A driveway that will give way to the pressure of traffic can damage the property and car, and lead to increased maintenance costs; a driveway that makes it difficult to enter and exit the property can prove a daily hassle.
In addition to providing practical benefits, a driveway must be attractive to preserve the look and value of the property. After all, it does occupy a large portion of the property's frontage and plays a large role in forming people's impression of the house.
When considering the costs of installing a new driveway always factor in the ongoing maintenance costs. Some driveway materials are expensive to install, but require little by way of maintenance; others need ongoing maintenance to keep them looking their best.
Below you'll find articles on the materials most commonly used for driveways in Australia.
Concrete driveways are long-lasting, low maintenance and can be very attractive with a bit of effort.
Bricks and pavers offer a classic look for driveways - but they must be installed and maintained with care.
Gravel is a cheaper option for driveways - but it does require regular maintenance to ensure it looks good and performs well.
Cheap and cheerful, asphalt provides a long-lasting cover for driveways.
Grass driveways are attractive, but require reinforcement to ensure they can handle the weight of vehicles.