McDonald Landscapes

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Driveway Installation Ayrshire

Driveway Installation

McDonald Landscapes is a company local to Ayrshire with years of experience in the landscaping industry. Whether you want a driveway made from astro-turf, block paving, resin-bound, or tarmac, we aim to leave you happy and proud of your property from design to completion.

As important as the designs, materials, and installations are, the foundations of your property are critical in creating a level driveway.

We ensure that your driveway is built to last and will avoid the average wear and tear of weather with efficient drainage.

Driveway design and installation process

When it comes to designing and installing your ideal driveway, you must know what style you are going for, what your budget is for the material and installation costs, and what you want the driveway for.

You will have a broad range of colours, materials, and styles to choose from, but the answer to what will best suit the style of your house and garden lies in whether you want traditional or modern styling.

A driveway made from block pavers, gravel, or dark-stained concrete would suit a property that has a rustic or classic theme.

On the other hand, a modern-looking property would aesthetically benefit from a driveway made from asphalt, bright-coloured concrete, or resin.

Whether you want a driveway for parking your car, improve the value of your property, improve the safety of your children and elderly relatives that may not be steady on their feet, or for colder climates that will make your driveway easier to clear, it is important to research what the most suited material is.

It is also important to thoroughly research the cost in case your price range limits your choice of materials. We will work alongside you to advise on the best solution for the material, design, and costs of the installation for your driveway.

What is the best type of driveway to install?

There are a few types of driveways you may decide to install.

If you are struggling to choose from the many options, fear not, as we will go through the advantages and disadvantages of driveways made from asphalt, block paving, concrete, and gravel.

Asphalt driveways, or tarmac driveways as they are more commonly known, are a popular choice for modern domestic and commercial properties because of their typically professional look. This aesthetic can instantly increase your property's curb appeal and overall value.

As far as costs are concerned, asphalt is a relatively cheap material for a driveway when compared to concrete. Many customers have replaced their concrete driveways with asphalt for better-looking and cost-effective driveways.

The main disadvantages of installing asphalt driveways, despite their look of a professional driveway, are the installation costs, sealant maintenance is costly, and frequent upkeep.

Asphalt material itself is hard-wearing and is malleable to prevent cracking during wintertime. However, what commonly happens during summertime is tyre marks, potential dentations, and material that is hot to the touch.

Block paving allows homeowners to have a creative and attractive driveway and is a simple way of enhancing the property's exterior.

There are a lot of personable choices when it comes to the pattern, shapes, and colours of block pavers that are hard-wearing if correctly installed. If a single block is damaged or cracked, then it is easy and cheap to repair without having to re-lay the entire driveway.

Compared to most driveways, block paving driveways take a long time to do as our builders will need to carefully lay each block in place. The substrate also needs to be at the perfect level before laying each block.

Concrete is the most known material to make driveways out of because it can be extremely low-maintenance and hard-wearing when installed correctly.

The industrial feel of concrete can match many industrial styled properties. Concrete can be stained in a whole array of different colours, which can help if homeowners struggle to decide on the right colour in alternative driveway materials.

However, if any oil comes into contact with concrete driveways, it will stain and be expensive to remove. There is no cause to worry about concrete retaining heat during the summer months, making it safe for children to play on.

However, over time concrete can experience cracking over time which will require the entire driveway to be removed and reinstalled.

Resin driveways have a hard-wearing nature and aesthetically pleasing finish suitable for domestic and commercial properties alike. Resin is usually used in decorative spaces to create contemporary finishes.

They can cause an increase in curb appeal as well as enhance the appearance of the surrounding landscape.You will have no drainage issues, as we will ensure that your resign driveway is installed onto a porous surface first.

Because resin-bound material is a permeable solution, water will drain through and prevent dampness. Provided that the driveway is kept clean, moss and weeds should not pose a problem. If that is the case, it is nothing that a jet wash, hose clean, or sweep cannot fix.

There are plenty of attractive colours of resin to choose from that will work with your property and its surrounding landscape. Depending on the size of the area you want a driveway on, they are relatively quick to install, taking approximately two to three days to complete.

However, the main advice we will give for resin driveways is that there are no resin contractor regulations, so it is important to research the company to see if they have any experience in installing resin driveways before hiring them.

McDonald Landscapes is an honest company, so if we offer a service, you can trust that we have experience using, installing, and doing a good job.

If you're looking for a simple driveway surface, then gravel driveways may be the solution for you. It may not have the defined, tidy look that the previously mentioned materials make, but it certainly suits some people's properties.

Homeowners can immediately use their gravel driveway after the installation as they are the quickest and easiest material to install out of the above materials.

However, the ultimate disadvantage of gravel driveways is that weeds and moss can easily penetrate, thrive, and ruin the driveway's aesthetic. Of course, we can reduce and control these to a certain degree by first covering the surface in landscape fabrics and laying the gravel over the top.

If the constant use of gravel causes sinkholes and ruts, then you may have to pay for them to be filled in to create a level surface again.

We strive to offer professional and friendly services, go above and beyond the expectations of our customers, and deliver results that suit your budget, style, and requirements.

Get in touch with our friendly builders in Ayrshire for a free quote on your driveway project today.