3 Key Parts To A Great Driveway

If your driveway is falling into a state of disrepair, it may be time to get a new one installed from the ground up. But if you've never had to completely redo a driveway before, you might not know where to begin. The best option might be to reach out to a driveway paving contractor in your area to handle the work for you. But if you want to try and do the work yourself, here are the three key parts to any great driveway that you will need to include.

Start with the Base

The driveway is more than just the asphalt that is visible up top. Before the asphalt or another type of pavement of your choice can be put down, you need to have a solid base in place. This "sub-grade" as it is sometimes called by contractors needs to be even throughout. Avoid using any kind of organic material and keep topsoil clear of the area or you will have a problem when you go to put the pavement on top. An associate at your local home improvement store can point you towards the materials you need.

Time to Pave

Once a solid base is in place, it's time for the asphalt. A good asphalt driveway should be no less than 2 inches thick across the board, and ideally a little bit more than that. Asphalt mixes come in different types of materials. If you need a build that will stand up to extreme temperatures in your neck of the woods, make sure you point that out at the home improvement store so you can get what you need.

Don't Forget the Drain

You want to lay your asphalt driveway down evenly, but you want to make sure there is an appropriate slope for drainage as well. A good rule of thumb is to have a drainage pitch or slope of 18 inches for every 100 feet of driveway. Make sure any drainage will not end up near a building or rest at the edge of the driveway.

A good, solid asphalt driveway has three key components. Put down the sub-grade or base and make sure it is even and free of dirt before you start laying the asphalt on top. The asphalt should be at least 2 inches thick across the board. When laying the asphalt, don't forget to add a slope that will sufficiently remove any drainage away from your property. (For more information, contact BDM Sweeper Services or another company)


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