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Are you considering using gravel as your driveway material? Think again! At MA Hart, we know that in the long-run, choosing gravel is not the best decision for your driveway surface. Instead, we suggest that you select one of the driveway materials that we offer at MA Hart instead of a gravel driveway. Bournemouth driveways will be longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing with our driveways.


At first, gravel can appear as a good substance to use for your Bournemouth driveway. Gravel is the cheaper option; however, it will need to be replaced every few years with fresh gravel. Below are two summarising lists; one detailing the disadvantages of choosing a gravel driveway, and the other showing the benefits of a tarmac or asphalt driveway.

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Negatives of gravel driveways

  • Dirt and dust collects easily in gravel
  • Driving on gravel causes ruts and holes which will fill with rain
  • During winter it is extremely hard to remove snow and ice
  • Gravel can chip the paintwork on your car
  • Gravel can get caught in vehicle wheels
  • Noisy and disruptive to neighbours
  • Weeds will develop over time in a gravel driveway
  • Longer lifespan and very durable
  • Economical driveway surface
  • Flexible and bends to adjust to different weather conditions
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to maintain
  • Skid-resistant surface

Benefits of tarmac and asphalt driveways

In addition to creating and laying tarmac and asphalt driveways, we are specialists in block paving. Block paving allows more creativity with the appearance of your driveway, as it can create patterns with different colours, making it more unique to your individual tastes.


At MA Hart, we have over 50 years experience in laying asphalt and tarmac driveways for domestic and commercial customers. During our time in the industry, our clients have included many different Local Authorities and Councils; The National Trust, AFC Bournemouth, BCHA, and Margaret Green Animal Rescue. Our company is accredited by SafeContractor and The Contactors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS). When deciding on which company to employ as your driveway installer, you can always trust MA Hart to do a top-rate job.


To see examples of the beautiful driveways that our specialist tradesmen have created in Bournemouth, view our portfolio. Alternatively, look at our before and after photographs to see how we’ve transformed driveways for the better.


Hopefully since reading this article, you have realised the benefits of installing tarmac, asphalt or block paving for your driveway, instead of selecting a gravel driveway. Bournemouth driveways made by MA Hart are the right option for you, so call us today on 01202 391931.