What is the average life expectancy of a gravel driveway or walkway?
Sunday, June 7, 2020
You can expect a gravel driveway to last 4 to 10 years, and an average of 5 years, before requiring repair and refreshing of gravel. A gravel walkway will survive a little longer, 5 to 12 years and an average of 7. Theoretically a gravel surface can last indefinitely if installed correctly and updated regularly.
The key to a long-lasting gravel surface starts with a base of either limerock or rock, compacted and covered with a geotextile sheet. Edging is also necessary, and an herbicide application to keep down weeds.
Here’s a bar graph comparing the life expectancy of gravel to other paving surfaces.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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