Preparation Steps For Getting A New Asphalt Driveway

If your property needs a new driveway, you'll need to decide on the material you'll use and select a contractor. There are also a few other steps to take before the work can begin. Here's a look at how to prepare to get a new asphalt driveway installed. 

Meet With An Asphalt Paving Contractor

Once you decide to choose asphalt for your driveway, you'll want to meet with an asphalt paving contractor and explain your needs. They'll give you an estimate for the cost and explain anything else you want to know. For instance, you'll probably need to get a permit from your city, and the contractor may do this for you so you don't have to bother with it.

The contractor may also make arrangements to have your utility lines marked before they start digging around in your yard. They'll let you know if there is anything you need to do to help prepare for installation day. One thing that will be necessary is to find an alternative place to park your car for a few days while the work is ongoing and for a few days afterward while the asphalt cures.

Mark The Location Of Your Driveway

There are several things to consider when you plan the location of your driveway. Local codes will probably govern how far from the setback area a circular drive has to be. They may also control where you can put the entrance and exit to your driveway. You might even need to get a survey done to make sure you don't encroach on an easement or setback area.

The codes inspector may want a plan of your new driveway submitted with the permit. The inspector may also visit your property in person to make sure the location of your driveway is within local codes. 

Going through the permit process might take longer than you expect if your city is slow to process permits. Your contractor will give you an estimated start and completion date, but work can't begin until the permit is granted.

Wait For Good Weather

Once that's done, the asphalt paving contractor has to choose a time period that is forecasted to have mild weather. Asphalt driveways aren't usually installed in cold weather or when it's raining, so mild, dry days are ideal. You may want to start the process of getting your new driveway in the spring so the weather will be cooperative by the time the crew is ready to start building your new driveway.

Contact a local asphalt paving service to learn more.