Installing a brand new driveway can bring many benefits to your existing residence. These include but are not limited to:
- A beautiful, finished look to your existing landscaping
- A smooth walkway free of trip hazards
- Reduced maintenance
- A reduction in allergens if placed in a formerly grassy area
But you may be wondering, what would this addition to my home involve? What options are available? Consider the answers to these common driveway installation questions.
What Types of Driveways Are Available?
Common driveway types fall into a few distinct categories. Each has its unique advantages and challenges.
Gravel. Many drives are lined with crushed rocks or gravel. This makes for an inexpensive project. When properly maintained, a driveway of this type can be both safe and aesthetically pleasing. The challenges include spraying regularly for weeds, combating erosion from heavy rains, and reapplying fresh gravel every few years.
Concrete or asphalt. This is likely the most popular type of driveway. Inlaid with a network of metal reinforcing bars to prevent cracking, concrete drives require little care other than the occasional coating of concrete sealant. Decorative designs and color staining can be included on the concrete surface.
Pavers. Brick, cobblestone, and other pavers can be used to construct a truly beautiful driveway. This method involves the most expense, and over time the pavers can shift or crack under the weight of vehicles.
Why Use a Professional Company?
The simple answer is, landscaping contractors know their business. They will be familiar with common problems of which you as the homeowner may be unaware, such a erosion control. They will likely offer simple fixes to common problems, as they have dealt with these previously. Also, they will be able to take care of any necessary permits and other concerns.
If you getting a new driveway installation or converting your front garden into a driveway, the contractor will first discuss with you what you want and how best to achieve the desired result. Then, he will draw up plans and obtain any necessary permits.
When you are happy with the proposed construction, your contractor will prepare the area. This may include removing existing greenery, old driveway material, or other landscape features. The contractor should grade and level the driveway. To achieve the proper slope of 0.635 cm per 30.48 cm, he will likely remove soil is some areas and mound it in others, testing the incline with running water. This will prevent drainage issues later.
Next, the soil must be compacted. This is usually done using a twin drum roller weighing more than 1,000 kg. Then, his crew can install your new driveway using one of the methods described above.
Upgrading your driveway will not only beautify your home, but it will also help maintain or even increase your property value.