Driveway Options

We have a very large sloped courtyard. Currently several layers of tarmac, which all needs removing and re-landscaping as rain runs towards the house, not away from it. I need low cost solution ideas. Something that will keep the weeds out, but that heavy goods vehicles can still deliver pallets of manure etc to us, and also parking areas. Someone quoted us £50K-£100K to block pave it all, but we just don’t have that sort of money, and not sure that would solve the rain running like a river at times anyway. Look forward to hearing ideas.

Asked by Georgie on 3rd Oct 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Good afternoon.
Your cheapest option would possibly be to have a drainage system in the form of channel drain/aco drain installed around the property where the driveway slopes and the water accumulates. This could save any further works to the driveway itself"
Answered on 13th Nov 2023 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
"There is probably a few different solutions but one we could explore, one option would be a permeable tarmac base course that we could lay and add drainage channels to collect excess surface water on heavy down pours. There are other option such as gravel or just a stone layer but budget depending from your description I would recommend the first option."
Answered on 3rd Oct 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"Hi concrete imprinting will be suitable I'm not sure on the max load of resin bound but could be a cheaper option for yourself"
Answered on 22nd Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"Permable blocks could be the answer with a acco drainage system at lowest point connected into main drain"
Answered on 3rd Oct 2023 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"You could always break the tarmac up use it for a hard-core relvel with the tarmac add a good membrain down and regravel that way you won't have any sitting water or running towards the property or block paving like uve been quoted but don't just go by one quote as some are different in prices hope that helps u"
Answered on 5th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"You could cut a channel around the house and install an aco drain without having to to touch the drive ..also you could install a reinforced concrete drive with an aco drain all around the house and depending on the size wouldn't be any way near the prices you've been quoted"
Answered on 12th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"a low cost option may be to run acco type channelling along the house perimeter to move the rain water away from the building into the existing storm water drainage system and plane the tarmac and resurface."
Answered on 28th Nov 2023 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
"if it was me i would put aqua drains by the house and put hardcore down all vibrated down with gravel on top"
Answered on 6th Dec 2023 - Member since Jun 2023 - report
"Hi there are several options about this would really have to see the courtyard would willingly come and have a look and give you a quote"
Answered on 3rd Oct 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"I would go resin it will stop weeds coming through as well as letting water drain through"
Answered on 1st Mar 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
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