layers of rock are used to build a gravel driveway.
layer is composed of large stones, sometimes as large as a person’s fist, that
create a near-solid foundation. While very stable, these stones form a
surface that is too irregular to be safe for tires to drive on, or for feet to
walk on. Two additional layers are needed to make the driveway functional
The second layers
of stones will be considerably smaller than the first, but large enough to fill
in the gaps between the top of the larger stones. The very top layer will
be composed of a crushed gravel mix. This is much easier on vehicle
tires, and it holds its shape very well in the wet climate of the Houston
landscape. Along with the standard composition of small pebbles and
tiny stones, crushed gravel is mixed with other materials including sand, dirt,
simple in design, the stones used in this top layer still require some
professional touches to prevent a gravel driveway from breaking loose under car
Machine-crushed stones are the best stones to
use in driveway
design because they angular edges that interlock together when they are
poured and pressed. While this does not create a completely “solid”
surface per se, it does form sufficient constitution for a heavy vehicle like an
SUV to pull into the driveway without kicking gravel up behind it.
This maintains the integrity of the driveway and prevents damage to vehicle
Houstonians prefer gravel driveways because gravel costs less than other
Driveways made of stone, concrete, flagstone, or brick
can easily raise the price of an invoice significantly. Many people prefer
to invest this money in other aspects of landscaping, such as patio design or
swimming pool design.
are also lower for a driveway made from gravel because it has is no paved
surface that will crack when the ground inevitably shifts.
This is a
definite advantage for homeowners facing foundation repair, because they can at
least count on their driveway being one less thing they have to put money into
repairing. Low spots that do occasionally form can simply be raked out by
adds curb appeal to the home and yard.
Aesthetically, it can blend
with any style of landscaping. Stones and pebbles are elements of nature
itself and as such represent a ready compliment to plants, trees, and
flowers. Home architecture and residential
landscaping design are further augmented by the color of the gravel
landscapes, for instance, gain immediate preeminence on a street when
introduced by a light gray or even near-white gravel driveway.
advantage offered by gravel offers is a significantly cooler surface
This is due to the fact that it reflects up to four
times the amount of sunlight as do solid surface hardscapes.
said, there is one thing that can go wrong with a gravel driveway, and that is
the collection of standing water if it is not designed with proper
This is why it is crucial to hire a professional
landscaping company to develop the design and to oversee the construction of the
surface. The landscaper will see to it that a concealed drainage system is
installed that will remain hidden from view, but nonetheless effectively
facilitate water runoff.