Patio material options
Pavers and more popular ones including their own benefits and drawbacks
First thing to bear in mind is that your patio needs to look gentle, but has to be hard-wearing. Gravel is the first option that comes in mind. However, there are different kinds of gravel available and can be laid in several ways. It is a globally used material but uses and types vary enormously. Find expert advice about gravel driveways read here
For example, soft-looking inexpensive paths, which can handle wheelchairs, can be designed from blending small-sized gravel with sandy soil and dry cement. The airbases in Germany and roads in the US were made from cement and soil. After the soil was cultivated, water and dry cement was mixed, evenly distributed and the surface was raked smooth. It took a week for this road. These roads were similar to soil color but hard without dust.
Types of gravel for patio
Self binding gravels
These never move like the ordinary loose gravel but are fine, textured and include clay along with the gravel. On a hardcore base, generally 50 mm in-depth, self binding gravel is spread evenly. A heavy roller is rolled on it, while water is hosed over the roller-wheels to solidify it. Water brings clay on the top surface and seals it. Bicycles, wheelchairs can be used over self binding gravels without causing any damages. It looks attractive and many people love it, but some do not, because walking on the gravel from soil leaves earth particles over it that are hard to remove. They look messy. Moreover, pulling the weeds can break its surface.
To disguise a concrete or tarmac area, you can make use of fixed gravel technique. A solution is sprayed on the concrete and 2 to 3 thin layers of gravel are rolled onto it. You get to choose different types and colors of gravel. It looks just like loose gravel, but is solid and does not look charming. When used in confined space for vehicle use can erode the gravel and tarmac or concrete surface gets exposed. It needs re-doing in every few years, in case of heavy usage.
Resin bonded gravel
It is popular option and is totally immovable and fixed with clear resin. Resin bonded gravel can be laid on slopes and driven on surfaces. It looks so pristine but for many people it lacks organic feel. In addition, it is very pricey.
Gravel stabilizer grids
If you desire loose gravel on slopes and desire to use that area for wheels, bikes and high heels, then include a network of hexagons. This honeycomb grid is available in two sizes and designed from recycled material. The hexagonal cells are designed to be filled with decorative aggregate or gravel. Geo-textile membrane is bonded thermally to each sheets underside. These honeycomb sheets are weed-resistant and water permeable. This hexagonal cell structure looks just like a honeycomb except this synthetic honeycomb is produced from polypropylene material, which has comprehensive strength of more than 200 tonnes/sq m.
Advantages of gravel stabilization sheets
-Permeable gravel surface helps to prevent water logging
-SuDs compliant surface
-Flexible to use
-No muddy mess
-Lightweight and easy to install
-Suitable for commercial and residential projects
-Creates high performance natural pebbly surface
-Perfect for wheel chair users