Trying to pave your asphalt driveway by yourself? Stop yourself right there. Unless you want to fall victim to common paving errors and waste money, it is best to consult a professional.
So what is that the experienced professional would do differently from you? Here are the common paving errors we avoid when it comes to asphalt paving.
It is as simple as it sounds. Sit down with the professional you have hired and plan and design how you want the road to be. Far too many homeowners make the mistake of rushing when it comes to paving. They fail to consider that, unlike something like a small plant; a paved area is a relatively permanent outdoor feature.Planning a walk or patio is a bit less involved, simply because the size is generally much smaller. Regardless of which individual project you’re planning, simply planning it will avoid one of the biggest potential paving mistakes.
Compromising On Quality
Whether you’re paving with concrete, asphalt, tar or gravel, it’s important to know that these materials come in different mixtures and different qualities. Budget contractors often use cheaper materials in order to offer lower estimates, but this may end up costing you in the long term. Ask your contractor about the materials/mixtures they will use for your surface. It’s a mistake to think that lower quality materials will yield the same results as high quality materials. Avoid sacrificing quality for cost.
Choosing The Wrong Kind Of Material
Your climate and locality are deciding factors on which type of pavement will serve you best for years to come. Concrete, asphalt, tar-and-chip mixtures, gravel and pre-made pavers are the most common materials used when paving. Your particular project and the needs of your household should be your guide when choosing between these materials. A professional will be able to assist you in these matters.
Paving With Cold Mix Asphalt And Such Blunders
There are plenty of horror stories on the internet about people who hire disreputable companies to lay asphalt, only to have it break up within the year. This could be due to a very low quality mixture, or using a cold asphalt mix (which is used as a temporary measure to fill pot holes) instead of a hot mix (the industry standard for new asphalt surfaces).
Allowing For Too Little Space
It is advisable you allocate sufficient space for parking and maneuvering on your driveway. In the end, the design of your driveway will depend on the space that is already available in your yard and more importantly on your design. Ensure that, when you are consulting with a professional designer, you get your plan right and also avoid allocating too much space as well. Balance it.
Again, we would like to suggest you avoid a DIY scenario where you will end up making a lot of common paving errors. Ensure you contact a professional if and when you are planning to get your driveway paved.