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how to improve ugly concrete driveway...

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Iknowcraig, 14 Sep 2018.

  1. Iknowcraig

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    Hi all, I have amn ugly concrete driveway that I want to improve without spending a fortune. I would like either shingle or something like mendip or cotswold chipping. But I understand these would slide around on concrete, so could I use a layer of planings on top of the concrete to act as a base for the shingles or chipping to stop them moving around?
     
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    Resin Bonded Gravel ...
     
  3. Iknowcraig

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    thanks for the reply, that stuff looks awesome but unfortunately I have about 120m2 and at £20 a m2 it would be a bit pricey! any cheaper ideas??
     
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    20 quid m2 is cheap.

    Would your drive look better after a good clean? Or is it all cracking and frost damaged
     
  5. Iknowcraig

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    It’s got some cracking and lumps, £20/m isn’t bad compared to other expensive options but a lot more than gravel on top of plannings. Can anyone advise on my initial idea?
     
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    why not post photos of the drive esp. at gateway an garage threshold?

    paving
    expert.com is a great site for info
     
  7. Iknowcraig

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    for some reason diynot will not let me add photos at the moment! If I break the drive up a bit then put planning over it would that work as a base for gravel and stop it sliding around too much?
     
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    Do you have a good height kerb on all sides to keep them contained?
    I had a gravel drive for 40+ years and all I can say is “never again”, it was great when we moved to where it is all concrete and could wheel the trolly jack,sack truck etc.
    I was at a boot sale this am and a guy was handing out leaflets for resin gravel..£52m² all in.
     
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  9. lonner

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    You will need to break it up quite small so its a bit like large hardcore.
    id then use 20mm granite topping as this will be more stable than gravel
     
  10. Iknowcraig

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    thank you, so if I break it up would I need to add MOT type 1 or planings or anything or just stones on top? I have been looking at things like cotswold bluff chippings or mendip chipping, these are 2omm and interlocking so should be suitable shouldn't they?
     
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    i'd use some planings or mot to give it a bed if you have enough room depth wise.
    and yes any interlocking aggregate should be ok.
    the planings should be a lot cheaper?

    do you need to cut a bit back at a path or road? As you should to get a safe finish level.
     
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    the driveway is currently a bit lower than the road so should contain the stone quite well. I can go about 120mm higher to match the level of the garage floor. So perhaps 70mm MOT then 50mm interlocking aggregate?
     
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    What about tarmac over the concrete?
     
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    I'd stay 25mm below garage.
    And aim for around 40 mm max on the topping, or you'll have waves...
     
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