Types of Driveway Materials—What You Should Know

Putting down a new material for your driveway can be stressful. At Highways UK, we’re experts in both pothole repairs in Leeds and laying down Tarmac in Yorkshire. To help you decide which material is best for your property, we’ve outlined what you need to know about some of the most common types of driveway materials below.

Block Paving

One of the more popular types of materials available, block paving is ideal for pathways and patios, but can also be used to improve the appeal of your home. Pavers come in a wide variety of colours and styles, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Pricing is also variable, but be aware that maintenance and repairs on pavers are extremely expensive.

They are durable and can withstand years of pressure and temperature changes, so there’s no need to fret over those factors. Professional cleaning will also be a cost to consider in the future.


As tarmac contractors in Leicester, we’re not impartial but we do highly recommend tarmac for any driveway. There are several reasons for this. One, it’s a commonly used material. It’s the choice of highways and roads around the world. Tarmac is also available in a variety of colours from black to white and everything in between, so you can match it to your home. Tarmac is also extremely durable and requires virtually no maintenance. It also doesn’t require regular resealing like most other materials.


Gravel is another type of driveway material. It is extremely cheap and it looks great if it’s installed correctly. It is durable as well and doesn’t need ongoing maintenance. Some downsides include a weakness for weeds to grow up through it and the need for regular flattening. Interestingly, gravel is seen as a better driveway material thanks to the audible sound it makes as individuals and vehicles move across the surface.

Paving Stones

Looking for something more aesthetically pleasing? If so, paving stones might be the best option. However, they are extremely expensive because of the labor involved with laying them. Interlocking paving stones are the best option available, as they are more flexible and can work well in a variety of environments.

Of course, since we are tarmac contractors in Leicester, we highly recommend tarmac. Affordability and durability make it a no-brainer for most homeowners, but no matter what decision you make keep these points in mind for your driveway.