Use this 3-part SimpleSpecs™ template to specify loose aggregate surfacing for drives, parking areas, walkways, and decorative uses.
What is it?
This type of surfacing involves laying down a layer of decorative stones, gravel, or other types of aggregate material on top of a compacted base layer, such as concrete or asphalt.
The beauty of lies in its versatility and customizable nature. You can choose from a wide range of aggregate materials, including river rock, crushed stone, pea gravel, and many others, to create a surface that fits your style and needs.
Whether you want to create a classic look with rounded river rock or add a touch of sophistication with crushed stone in a variety of colors, the options are nearly endless.
Another advantage is its durability and low maintenance requirements. Unlike other surfacing options, such as concrete or asphalt, aggregate surfacing is less prone to cracking, chipping, and fading.
Additionally, the permeable surface reduces the risk of standing water and eliminates the need for a separate stormwater management system.
In addition to its functional benefits, aggregate surfacing also adds visual appeal to any outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to enhance the look of your driveway, create a visually appealing walkway, or add a decorative touch to your property, the aggregate surfacing is an excellent choice.
For driveways and parking areas, aggregate surfacing provides good traction and can withstand heavy traffic. Making it a suitable choice for high-traffic areas. And because it is permeable, it is also a good option for areas that are subject to freeze-thaw cycles, as it allows water to drain through the surface, reducing the risk of damage from ice expansion.
Overall, it’s an attractive, durable, and functional solution for any outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to create a functional driveway or parking area, a beautiful walkway, or a decorative feature, it’s an excellent choice.
- – Aggregate surfacing is typically placed over a filter fabric or soil barrier to allow water to drain and to prevent weed growth.
- – A stabilizer can be added to very small aggregate such as decomposed granite to produce a dense, hard surface that is suitable for walking and in some cases can be used as an accessible route.
- – Not all aggregates are not suitable for use in accessible locations.
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