Gravel driveways are often a bit of pain because they can cause dust to fly up as you drive down the driveway, the gravel often moves around over time and leaves divots in the driveway, and the gravel can get pushed into the ground after it has been driven on time and again, which will eventually lead to the gravel being useless. If you are finally ready to have a driveway that is a joy to drive one, consider having your gravel driveway paved. The following guide walks you through a few things you need to know about having a gravel driveway turned into a paved driveway.
The Gravel Does Not Need to be Removed
Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that they will need to have all of the gravel removed from their property before the driveway can be paved. That is not the case at all. The pavers will often put down some gravel when creating the driveway to create a solid base for the asphalt that they lay. The gravel that you have in place can be left where it is and more can be added if needed.
The Driveway Can Be Made Wider or Longer
The size that the driveway currently is does not dictate how large the driveway has to be when everything is said and done. The pavers can make the driveway wider or longer if you feel that it would better suit your family's needs. The only restriction on size that the pavers may have is the location where the driveway meets the pavement. There are some jurisdictions that have restrictions as to how wide driveways can be at the point where they touch the roadways. The pavers can start widening the driveway a few yards away from the road, if that is what you want to have done.
Paving a Driveway Does Not Take a Lot of Time
Many homeowners also make the mistake of assuming that is will take weeks for their driveway to be paved. Many driveways can be paved within a day or two. Longer driveways may take a few days to pave because of how much space has to be covered by the pavement. Before the process is started, the paving company will be able to give you a timeline for the paving job to ensure that it will be done in a timely manner.
It is important to realize that you will not be able to drive on the driveway right away. It will need to harden overnight before you can drive on it. The paving company will tell you how long to wait before you allow anyone to go onto the pavement. Contact a company, like Northern Asphalt LLC, to get started.