Driveways Question

Ribbon driveways


I have a rather crumbly Tarmac drive that needs sorting out.

I don't want to spend a fortune on it, I'd rather spend it on a new kitchen/bathroom to be honest!

I hate Tarmac and concrete though, which seem to be the cheapest options, and my husband won't entertain the thought of gravel.

Do you guys think that a ribbon driveway might be a good low cost option?

Compared to tarmac, would it generally be cheaper?

The drive 11m by 3.5m. I like Indian sandstone, we'd probably use that for the strips. We'd want it turfed rather than grass seeded.

Also is there a reason why people don't have ribbon driveways anymore?

It doesn't seem to be done often now these days but it seems to be a good logical option considering drainage, cost and aesthetics!

Thanks for reading!



Just thought I'd update on this, share our solution. In the end, to avoid the use of concrete type/fake materials and having to maintain loads of grass, we went for a gravel driveway with an Indian stone cobble edging. This worked out really well - the cobbles do a great job of containing the gravel which was my husbands worry and gives the driveway it a nice formal tidy look. Was one of the cheaper options so meant our builder could use the same cobbles to make a feature curved path. Great for drainage and something we can maintain ourselves in the future.


3 Answers

Natural stone is always the best

Answered 18th Jul 2012

Shields installations limited

Member since 18 Jul 2012

you say tarmac and concrete to be the cheapest but i disagree you can get a blocked driveway for roughly same price as tarmac and blocked is certainly cheaper than concrete

Answered 26th Jul 2012

Neco Paving LTD

Member since 24 Jul 2012

Something else to consider is grass grids. They come in several guises, plastic and concrete, some of the concrete ones resemble pebbles (see Marshalls Bioverse) You can plant them with whatever grass seed you like, manufacturers tend to have preferred grasses, and you can drive over with no trouble at all. It would also be very easy to mow. Some of the Marshalls products would also prove to be an ethical decision as they can be calculated as carbon neutral as they are able to claw back their carbon footprint. Not essential granted, but a nice conversation piece!

Answered 22nd Aug 2012


Member since 13 Aug 2012

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