When going to the expense and effort of planning and creating a dream gravel driveway for yourself or a client, you want to ensure it lasts for many years to come. It is well known that gravel grids are a worthy investment but navigating the gravel grid market is a tricky business. With so much choice out there, it is difficult to know which gravel grid features are a must to ultimately keep your gravel driveway looking pristine.
Here we look at the must-have features of a gravel retention system for a long-lasting gravel driveway:
- An integral mesh base
The most important, but probably most overlooked and underrated, feature on a gravel grid is an integral gravel mesh base – as featured on Beauxfort’s Gravelrings. The unique mesh backing means gravel cannot slip underneath the panels. This is a key benefit because when gravel is able to mine its way beneath panels it causes them to lift and form deep ruts and grooves. Lifted panels on your gravel driveway are a terrible eyesore, not to mention a dangerous trip hazard.
Another superior feature of Gravelrings’ gravel mesh base is that it is a one-piece moulded driveway grid. This means the base cannot become detached and cause your gravel driveway to sink, as can happen with alternative gravel grids.
An integral mesh base not only prevents panels from sinking and lifting, it also allows air to flow freely through the gravel driveway mesh base. This prevents the build-up of silts and fines, which encourage weed growth.
- A low profile
Another factor to consider when choosing the most suitable gravel grid for your driveway is the depth of the grid’s profile. This is the measurement that dictates how deep the gravel grid is. This is vital when planning your gravel driveway because the depth of the driveway grid you choose determines the amount of excavation and gravel required.
Some gravel grids provide the option for the grids to show once filled, meaning less gravel is needed, keeping down the cost of your gravel driveway. However, this option results in unsightly visible grid lines ruining the aesthetic of your freshly laid gravel driveway. Even worse, your driveway could become a slip hazard on frosty winter mornings, as ice and snow would cling to the exposed plastic driveway grid, forming a slippery surface.
Gravelrings gravel grids have concealed benefits thanks to their low depth. At just 25mm deep the plastic driveway grid has one of the lowest profiles on the market. Designed to be overfilled, Gravelrings eliminate the risk of unsightly exposed plastic driveway grids, so you can walk over your gravel driveway with confidence whatever the weather.
What’s more, their low depth means a shallower excavation is required, saving labour and time spent on installing the gravel grid system. Lower gravel demand and labour costs can significantly reduce the final bill for a new gravel driveway. And there are also the long-term savings on maintenance costs, as Gravelrings gravel grids are built to last for years to come.
Selecting the right gravel driveway grid for you
The benefits of installing gravel grids are numerous but these two features are the must-haves to achieving your dream gravel driveway. Whether it’s ground stabilisation, a landscape solution to gravel migration or a preventative landscape solution to weed growth you’re after Gravelrings gravel grid has you covered.
But we don’t stop there. Choosing the right installer for your project is a task in itself. With our Approved Installer Scheme you can be confident the quality of your gravel driveway is maintained right throughout the process to the installation itself.
Achieve the perfect gravel driveway with the Beauxfort Gravelrings system. Check out our website www.beauxfort.com for more information about the Beauxfort landscape systems, design inspiration and to request a free sample, or talk to our friendly team about your project by contacting us on 0330 055 2599 or email@example.com.