The first thing that people notice as they approach your home or business is your driveway. If you own a business, it’s important to make a good first impression.
If you are a homeowner, you want your property to have curb appeal. This keeps your neighbors happy and if you are selling your home, you want the exterior looking good.
When installed properly, a driveway can last up to 20 years depending on the materials used. Using professional driveway grading contractors ensures a beautiful driveway that lasts.
One of the biggest problems that property owners have with their driveways is improper water drainage. If you have a sloped driveway, it’s even more problematic.
Here’s what driveway grading contractors can do for you.
Why Use Driveway Grading Contractors?
There are a few different types of driveways that you can get for your home. It’s important that you find a contractor that has experience installing the type of driveway you want. Each type of driveway will require specific skills.
When building a home, proper drainage is crucial to protect the home’s foundation. When building your driveway, the same consideration should be made to keep any water draining away from your home.
We will go over the three most common types of driveways for your home or business. These are gravel, asphalt, and cement, although paver driveways are becoming more popular.
Many people think when building a gravel driveway, all that’s needed is getting a load of gravel and then spreading it. It’s more complicated than that and you should consider the pros and cons before making your decision.
Proper building and grading of the area before you lay the gravel will pay for itself over time.
This consists of taking off the topsoil and then, compacting the soil below. Multiple layers of varying gravel sizes are added and compacted so your driveway lasts.
Proper water drainage will help to minimize maintenance and to keep water flowing away from your property.
Your asphalt driveway needs a solid foundation. If not, it won’t last.
In most cases, the sub-base consists of a layer of compacted gravel or crushed stone. This provides drainage and reduces heaving caused by moisture or changing temperatures.
Depending on the climate, soil type, and driveway use, the thickness of sub-base can be from 4 inches to 10 inches.
The driveway will be pitched on one side or the other, ¼ inch to ½ inch. This allows the water to drain off. The water will need to run off away from your home or garage to prevent water damage to your buildings.
The sub-grade preparation of a concrete driveway is extremely important. Any soft spots in the soil composition are replaced with gravel or crushed rock.
Control joints are placed to prevent cracking. If your driveway meets any other type of existing pavement, the contractor should provide a jointing plan with his written proposal.
It’s important to get the correct concrete mix so that your driveway lasts. The contractor will use steel reinforcement before placing the concrete. The concrete should have a minimum thickness of 4”.
To finish it off, the driveway will be leveled. It’s important that the concrete isn’t finished prematurely as this can trap air and bleed water just below the top surface. This will cause the area to become weak or soft.
A simple broom finish is usually used for traction unless the owner requests a different textured finish.
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Driveway grading contractors have the expertise needed to build a beautiful driveway that lasts for years and to prevent water damage to nearby structures.
If you need the help of a professional for your home or business driveway, contact us today for a free estimate.