2 Budget-Friendly Options For Paving Your Driveway Or Private Road
Paving a private road, driveway, or other parking surface on your property can improve the appearance of your home, increase your home's value, and make accessibility to your home more convenient. There are several options you can use for the paving materials, depending on your budget and the look you want for your home's exterior. Here is some information about two types of paving options.
Although gravel is made of loose rocks, applying it as a paving surface in the right manner can make it a durable and help it last many years. You can hire a paving company to do the work for you, or install it yourself with the right tools and equipment.
A properly-installed gravel driveway consists of layers of varying sizes of gravel. The bottom layer should be made of large fist-sized gravel, which are compacted down onto the soil with a compactor. Compacting the gravel presses the edges of each piece together, creating an interlocking layer that is more durable than non-compressed gravel.
The next layer should consist of medium golf ball sized angular gravel several inches thick and compressed together. The final layer is the top layer of smaller-sized gravel in the color you want for your gravel paved surface.
It is important to maintain your gravel driveway by filling any holes with new gravel that form from vehicles. Keep an extra pile of gravel for this purpose, then resupply it with a new load of gravel, when necessary.
Chip Seal Asphalt
If your budget constraints or the length of the road you need to pave requires you to choose a less expensive option, you can go with chip seal pavement. This type of paving surface is a good way to restore an aging asphalt or gravel road, but should be completed by a professional paving company to make sure the job is completed properly.
Before the chip seal can be applied onto virgin ground where no prior paving has been installed, you or the paving contractor will need to level and compact the ground and pour down a gravel base. Next, the chip seal installation consists of an application of hot emulsion tar, then a layer of asphalt aggregate is poured over the emulsion. The paving crew will compact the gravel into the hot tar emulsion with their compactor roller, which binds the hot tar and the gravel onto the prepared ground.
It is important to watch your chip seal paving for any wear and damage, so you can maintain it by applying a new layer of chip seal. For professional help, contact local paving contractors.