What Problems Could Lead To Disaster For Your DIY Driveway?


A lack of planning could lead to a poorly constructed driveway. If you are tackling your driveway yourself, it is important that you understand the biggest no-nos that could lead to a disaster. Before starting the project, take some time to consider how you can avoid these common mistakes.

Under- or Overestimating the Space

One of the most common mistakes that DIYers make with their driveways is failing to accurately determine how much space is needed for the project. If you do not leave enough space, you could be left with a driveway that is too small to fit your needs and is difficult to maneuver. If the space is too big, you could unnecessarily clear an area.

While assessing the space, take into consideration the number of cars that you need to park in the drive, how much room is needed for each car, and the design you plan to use. For instance, if you are designing a circular driveway, you will need room for the cars to drive the length of it and space for another car to park without interfering with the other car.

Choosing the Wrong Pavers

If you are planning to use pavers to construct your driveway, you have to be mindful of the size that you select. Pavers come in a range of sizes and that can have an impact on their uses.

For instance, a larger paver is ideal for the driveway. The larger ones are far more durable and able to withstand the traffic coming in and out of your drive. By contrast, smaller pavers are likelier to be damaged from the pressure from your cars. They work better for patios and decks than driveways.

In addition to factoring in the size of the pavers, you also need to consider the climate. Some pavers hold moisture better than others. If you live in a particularly rainy area, you need to focus on pavers that can withstand the water.

Ordering Pavers Too Early

Ideally, you should wait until the day you are ready to install the pavers to bring them home. Although you have the option of storing the pavers at your home, there are some environmental factors that could lead to staining. Unfortunately, the staining is irreversible.

If you do decide to have the pavers delivered before the installation date, make sure they are kept dry. If possible, store them in your garage. The pavers should arrive in protective wrapping. Keep them wrapped until you are ready to use them.

To make sure the job is done right, consider calling in a contractor, such as those at Northern Asphalt LLC, to help with planning and constructing your driveway. 


21 March 2017

Improving Your Paving

About a year ago, I realized that there were all kinds of problems with our home's pavement. The driveway seemed to be chipping apart and the front walkway was desperately cracked. I knew that I had to do something to improve things, so I started working on getting bids to improve things. It was amazing to see how many different pavement options we had and how great of a job one contractor eventually did. The difference was astounding after all of the pavement was broken out and things were fixed. This blog is all about improving your paving and making a significant difference in your home.