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What's The Big Deal With Driveway Edging Profiles?By admin
Friday, 21 September 2018
Your new driveway is going to look amazing for the first few weeks and then...the edges might start to crumble, or the gravel might begin to migrate. Why?
Your contractor failed to install suitable edging profiles, or they forgot about them altogether.
Most driveways need something on exposed edges to keep the driveway material where it should be, and also just to give the driveway a neat and finished look.
So what type of driveway edging profiles are available, and which ones will work best for your needs?
In the following article, we explore the driveway edging profiles on offer, and the plus points and pitfalls of each one in turn. Let’s begin!
What Are Driveway Edging Profiles?
An edging profile is a section of concrete, clay, metal or plastic that is buried in the ground around the edges of your driveway prior to the driveway material being poured or applied.
They are designed to keep the driveway material in place, and to provide additional support to the structure. They can be upstanding, and offer a decorative look to the driveway.
Alternatively, they can be buried to make them flush with the driveway surface. In this case, they are providing an aesthetic look, whilst simultaneously protecting the edges of your driveway.
Many people fail to think about the cost of edging profiles when they are designing their driveway, but it can be a significant portion of the price - especially where the driveway is large or long.
If you are choosing a driveway material that is cheaper, such as asphalt or gravel, edging profiles are more important than ever to maintain the look and integrity of your driveway - so factoring this cost into the equation is essential.
Exposed edges need protection for a variety of reasons including: to prevent crumbling, and keep wayward stones in check
Why Should I Use Edging Profiles For My Driveway?
Most driveways will have at least one or two exposed edges. This will include: the edge closest to the road (the part that you drive over every day), and the edge to the front of your home.
Other edges may have natural edging in place, including: walls, the side of your home, or existing pathways with edges of their own. These exposed edges need to be protected in almost all cases for a variety of reasons:
● Any exposed edge that is driven over will be weak and could crumble quite easily. This is especially the case with asphalt, which is known for crumbling edges.
● A poured driveway, such as concrete, will require edging to prevent overspill of the material ending up in your lawn, or out onto the roadway.
● A gravel driveway will easily move into lawned areas, or onto the roadway or paths. Consequently, it needs to be kept in place as best as possible.
● Some stronger driveway types, such as resin bound surfacing, may get away with having no edging, but for aesthetic reasons, many people still choose to add attractive profiles, such as embedded bricks or paving stones.
● You can add to the beauty of your driveway by including attractive edging profiles. They highlight the driveway area and can be a part of your overall landscaping.
From classic kerbs, to battens, flagstones and sleepers. the edging profile options on offer today are truly endless
Driveway Edging Profiles: What Are My Options?
There are a huge variety of edging profile options for your driveway-but which one works best all depends on the look you are trying to achieve, and the constraints of your budget.
They are usually separated into edging kerbs (like you would see on roadsides), decorative edgings, tiles and recycled plastic or metal edgings. Some of the most popular ones are detailed here:
Edging Profile Option No.1: Classic Kerbs:
While you are unlikely to use these around your home, they are definitely worth a mention. These are the classic kerbs you would see close to the road; one plus point of this choice is that they meet road standards in terms of both size and shape.
They are almost always made from plain concrete, and have three main profiles. The rounded types look good on driveways as they are more decorative.
In addition to this, they are perfect for use with a concrete driveway, as they will prevent any overspill during the pouring process.
They can be buried to make them flush, or they can give as much as 100mm of upstand where needed.
Edging Profile Option No.2: Decorative Edgings:
The sky's the limit when it comes to these driveway profiles. You can choose from Victorian cast clay, or concrete, “rope” style upstands, and even edging tiles with designs imprinted into them.
Generally speaking, these are around 600mm in length, and come with corner sections to allow you to design edges in all the areas that need accommodating. You can opt for fluted, scalloped edges-and even a bamboo effect if you’re feeling adventurous!
For traditional homes, brick edging profiles complement the overall aesthetics, coming in a wide variety of shades to suit
Edging Profile Option No.3: Brick Edgings:
You have a choice when it comes to brick driveway edgings. You can simply bury (or half bury) individual bricks, or you can choose lengths of joined bricks that give the impression of individual bricks, but are far easier to handle (and are made for this purpose).
Edging Profile Option No.4: An Assortment of Stones:
Some edging profiles are made to look like stones that are resting against each other.
Buying these stone effect profiles is a great idea to save time and money – however, you can bury large stones into your driveway to achieve the same look.
Edging Profile Option No.5: Let Your Creative Muse Run Wild:
You can go wild with all kinds of driveway edgings if you wish. Fencing materials, log rolls, sleepers, flagstones, wooden battens, recycled plastic and metal strips-the possibilities are pretty much endless!
All work well, and you should base your decision on your specific circumstances and the look you are aiming to achieve.
If you're a little pressed for time (and who isn't these days?!), strategically placed potted plants can provide an ideal alternative to high-maintenance hollyhocks!
Will I Still Be Able To Landscape My Driveway?
Absolutely! In fact, edging profiles will be able to assist you in this respect as well. They are the perfect product for sectioning your outside space into separate areas, creating a designated space for parking, as well as places for plants.
To landscape your driveway effectively, a mix of hardscape and softscape features is best advised. Put simply, hardscape features refer mainly to edging, fences and the like, whilst softscape features comprise of the gorgeous new greenery to go with them (such as ornamental bushes and flowers.)
One word of warning: the region of the country you live in will, inevitably, determine your choice of plants. It's no secret that flowers can be incredibly temperamental; most require specific conditions (such as a certain temperature), in order for them to flourish.
Consequently, those in the most Northerly reaches of the country would best benefit from hardy shrubs, or annual flowering plants, such as petunias, which take cold conditions in their stride.
For those in the South, the options are far less limited. If you've got the time to maintain them, hollyhocks and buddlejas look suitably impressive; however, if you're a little more pressed for time (and who isn't?!), strategically placed potted plants can provide an ideal alternative, and can be moved as and when needed.
Seeking some all too elusive privacy? Ornamental grasses will quickly provide it. You could also consider trailing climbers and creeper over trellis to add extra visual intrigue-and keep prying peepers at bay!
Durable, sturdy and stable, resin bound driveways are one of the few options that can be laid without the need for edging
Do Resin Bound Driveways Require Edging Profiles As Well?
A resin bound driveway is created using a mix of resin and stone aggregates to achieve a strong and durable material.
This is pressed into the driveway, and can be made in almost any colour. It is therefore a very popular choice for anyone who wants a great looking driveway, customised to their personal preference.
Resin bound driveways are one of the few surfacing solutions that are actually strong enough to be able to be laid without significant edging.
However, simple, buried metal strips that are laid over high traffic edges are a good idea. These metal profiles are screwed into the asphalt sub-base to prevent the edges of the resin driveway from crumbling. All you see is a nice clean edge; they’re working their magic just below the surface.
These metal edging strips are often flexible enough to go around corners and can be provided in almost any colour to match your driveway’s appearance. This means that they are almost entirely invisible, and give your driveway a clean and simple look.
The main reason why you might want a driveway edging profile for your resin bound driveway is to provide an interesting contrast to the driveway itself.
You can choose flush edgings in contrasting colours to achieve a strong bordered look that will really make your driveway stand out.
Alternatively, you can section off a larger driveway into different zones, by using contrasting colours and carefully placed edgings that offer parking and driving areas.
Choosing the right edging to help you maintain the good looks and durability of your driveway is important, and many of the options detailed above will work with almost any driveway.
However if you want to avoid using anything more than hidden metal strips, resin bound material is your best bet. Good looking, simple, durable-and fully SUDs compliant to ensure a flawless, flood-free surface. You can’t ask for more than that!
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