Generally speaking--though not as a strict rule carved into stone--it will cost you less to install a gravel walkway than it would cost to create a walkway of the same dimensions using other paving material. Of course, saving money isn't everything, but when you combine all these other reasons, the less dramatic impact on your bank account may loom larger. Our access to high quality gravel that is locally mined lowers the cost even more over having to incur high shipping costs for gravel mined from distant locations.
Variety is not just the spice of life; it's the spice of gravel. Your options are greatly expanded by choosing to go with a gravel walkway. At your disposal are rocks that differ from each other in size, shape and color. This variety of material affords you multiple opportunities for experimenting with how your gravel walkway will both look and feel.
You may have been scared off from the idea of a gravel walkway by talk of how much maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Depending on the amount of traffic that your gravel walkway will see, that "high maintenance" may require raking just a few times a year and maybe about half as much weeding. You can reduce that low level maintenance even further by making sure that the rocks are fully contained by quality edging during the installation process.
Suitable for All Levels of Formality:
A gravel walkway is an appropriate choice whether you are planning a very formal design created by a professional or something that looks like it was thrown together on a whim. Highly formal walkways ideally require more discriminate consideration of how colors of individual gravel varieties can experience a change in mood under different lighting conditions. An informal gravel walkway will be less concerned with such subtleties. One thing to keep in mind is that the most formal as well as the most informal gravel walkways depend on appropriate edging to prevent dispersal of the stones to the point where it is no longer possible to tell whether the intent was formal or not.
One particular reason for wanting a gravel walkway lies not in the gravel so much as the edging. When it comes to the edging choices for making a gravel walkway look good and perform efficiently, you almost can't go wrong. You could use cobblestones to create a gravel walkway that is highly traditional and speaks to the past. And yet, it is also absolutely possible to lend your gravel walkway a more industrial aura by using some type of steel as your edging material. Wood, tile, brick, concrete and rubber are perfectly good choices for edging a gravel walkway and all capable of giving the exact same stretch of land a different vibe.
To find out more reasons why a gravel walkway may be for you, or to discuss other issues related to walkway pavers, please contact us.