Gravel is a popular material for driveways, and if maintained properly it will last for many years. It can be a much less expensive option for long driveways and, unlike costly repairs to concrete and asphalt, maintenance of a gravel driveway can be much easier and less expensive.
Gravel is typically a mixture of rocks, sand and clay. As a result, it creates a stable, compacted surface that water can easily run off. It’s also an attractive option for driveways in areas where it snows because gravel isn’t vulnerable to the damage and cracking that can result from freeze-thaw cycles, as is the case with concrete.
Unfortunately, when it comes to figuring out snow removal for your driveway, a major drawback to gravel is the difficulty of shoveling snow off of it without losing a significant amount of gravel. However, if you are committed to this task, there are strategies for shoveling it successfully.