An Attractive Driveway

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An Attractive Driveway

Once my spouse and I found our dream home, we needed to sell the older fixer-upper we currently lived in. To successfully sell our house quickly, we needed to complete a few remodeling projects. We wanted to attract the largest number of potential buyers as possible to our home. One great project to complete before putting your home on the market is paving your driveway. This project will immediately enhance your property’s curb appeal. For families with multiple drivers at home, installing a circle driveway is also a smart idea. On this blog, I hope you will discover the steps a paving contractor takes to give homeowners beautiful new driveways.

Choosing To Pave Your Driveway With Asphalt

The driveway is an important part of your property as it will allow for vehicles to easily enter and exit the ground. However, individuals may own real estate that lacks a fully paved driveway, and this can reduce the accessibility of the property while also increasing the risk of excessive erosion or other issues developing.

Assessing Potential Materials To Use For The New Driveway

There are several materials that are commonly used when paving the driveway of a home. Concrete is a durable and attractive option, but asphalt can offer some important benefits that may make it a more practical solution. One of the most noticeable will be the lower cost than asphalt will have relatively to concrete. This can be useful for anyone that is needing to be budget-conscious when planning for this upgrade or that has a particularly long driveway that they will need to pave.

Preparing The Path For The New Asphalt Driveway

Before any paving work can be started, the path for the driveway will need to be prepared. As part of this process, several inches of soil may need to be removed to level the terrain. If the driveway is on a fairly steep incline, it may need to be graded so that it will be an angle that can easily be paved with the asphalt. In many cases, this preparation work is likely to take longer than the actual pouring of the asphalt. Yet, it is essential to be as thorough as possible when preparing the ground to be paved so that the driveway will last for years without suffering stability or structural problems.

Determine The Drainage And Ice Control Upgrades

The driveway will be one of the areas of your property where drainage and ice control can be essential. Poor drainage can lead to the asphalt suffering damage or the soil around the pavement washing away. The inclusion of a drain system that can prevent moisture from pooling on the asphalt is a cost-effective feature that can spare you from the potential for significant repairs in the future. Ice can be another problem that will have to be managed with your driveway as a thick layer of ice or snow on its surface can make the driveway far less safe for your car to drive over. Depending on the amount of snow and ice that your community can expect each year, an electric warming system may be a good feature to include as it could actively melt the ice that is starting to gather on it.

For more information on residential asphalt paving, contact a company near you.