Gravel Driveway

Strong, Migration Free, Cost Effective And Easy To Install Gravel Driveways Created Using Gravel Driveway Grids

At GCL Products we stock a great range of durable SuDs compliant plastic gravel grids, which have been manufactured from purely recycled materials. Each product we stock and supply is versatile but creating driveways are by far their most popular application. The strength of each grid we supply is more than enough to support the weight of cars and vans, but by far the best product is our own X-Grid which when tested was able to withstand up to 420 tonnes of pressure per square metre unfilled! As well as the strength, gravel resin driveways give you a huge number of benefits which other driveways cannot, including permeability. Being permeable means that any water or rain which falls onto your driveway is able to naturally drain away into the ground below through the open structure of our products. Whilst this helps to prevent surface water build up on your drive, it also helps take the pressure off local modern drainage routes and reduce the chances of localised flooding as modern drains are regularly overwhelmed and tend to flood. If installed correctly on to a good sub-base as we advise, our affordable gravel driveway grids can help provide you with a migration free, strong, low maintenance, weather-resistant, porous and long-lasting parking solution.

X-Grid – 100% Recycled Plastic Gravel Driveway Grid

X-Grid is our own durable and long-lasting plastic gravel grid manufactured here in the UK from recycled plastic waste. Its unique formulation and design give each panel unrivalled benefits such as being able to withstand up to 428 tonnes per sqm unfilled, being chemical, weather and UV resistant to ensure it will not rot away or break down over time – giving X-Grid a service life of up to 25 years. The specially designed open structure of X-Grid means each panel prevents gravel migration, is strong and SuDS compliant which means water and rain is able to flow freely and maintain natural drainage routes. As well as these benefits, X-Grid is also incredibly easy to install thanks to its slot and peg connection system and lightweight frame, when independently tested, 100m² of X-Grid could be installed in one hour by just one person! You can learn more about our versatile gravel driveway grid by visiting the product page.

GP40 – Plastic Porous Paving System

GP40 is a versatile and fully recycled plastic gravel grid. Designed to have a high void ratio, you will be provided with a durable, strong and permeable surface which can withstand the weight of vehicles whilst still allowing water and rain to drain naturally away. GP40 is a SuDs compliant and eco-friendly grid system which is lightweight, weather-resistant, easy to install and able to withstand up to 250 tonnes of weight per square metre. As GP40 is manufactured from plastic, it also carries some benefits of plastic such as being weather and UV resistant so will it not break down over time, prolonging its life.

TruckPaver – Heavy Duty Truck Paving System

TruckPaver is a heavy-duty recycled plastic driveway system. Known for its strength, permeability and durability, this lightweight interlocking product is simple to install and large areas can be installed by just one person in a short amount of time. The unique design and formulation mean 1m² of this heavy-duty paving product is able to withstand up to 1500 tonnes of pressure whilst being resistant to chemicals, UV rays and weather to lengthen its service life. Despite its large nature, TruckPaver also has a high void ratio and is fully permeable meaning rain and water can drain away naturally to help reduce surface water build-up.

RecoPave 80 – Heavy Duty Plastic Paving System

RecoPave is a heavy-duty gravel driveway system manufactured here in the UK from 100% recycled polyethylene. Due to being made from recycled plastic, each RecoPave panel is strong and durable whilst also being chemical, UV and weather resistant giving it long service life. The interlocking connection system and lightweight frame make installations simple too with one person able to lay large areas in a short amount of time. The unique design also gives it great strength as 1m² of RecoPave is able to withstand up to 300 tonnes of compression. As well as its strength, the open design makes it is SuDs compliant and allows for natural water drainage to help reduce localised surface water build up and flooding.

How To Install A Gravel Driveway

To create a strong, effective and long-lasting driveway here are some rough X-Grid driveway installation instructions, you can find a full installation guide in our downloadable product guides which are found in the download tabs on each product page:

  • Firstly, mark out the area to be excavated and dig down to an appropriate depth according to the intended use (Typical dig depth is around 200mm).
  • Second, install perimeter edging which is substantial enough to retain the grid installation and eliminate lateral movement of the surface if required.
  • Third, compact MoT type 1 or 3 in layers of 50mm to achieve a final depth of around 150mm.
  • Next, lay and secure a sheet of woven membrane across the MoT sub-base area.
  • Then, onto the membrane, lay a 5-10mm thick layer of sharp sand to the entire area and level out
  • After, begin laying your X-Grid ground reinforcement grids. Start in one corner, lay one panel at a time and simply connect each neighbouring X-Grid panels together and repeat until the area is covered.
  • If needed, X-Grid can be cut using a hand or power saw to fit into your specified area or to navigate around obstructions and curves.
  • Once installed, fill your X-Grid with gravel or aggregate. Preferably a 10-20mm diameter, well-graded and angular material which helps reduce migration.
  • If required, compact the surface of your X-Grid using a light vibratory whacker.
  • Finally, if you are left with any low areas, refill these spots with gravel until you are happy and you can begin using your gravel driveway.

Read how to install a gravel driveway here

For more information on our gravel driveway grid range or for some advice on which product would best suit your needs, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our trained customer service team.

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