Well you are all settled in your new home, you've never been so elated so you go outside to see the view of your new home from the road and you’re thrown off. Something is wrong, it’s that damn driveway. It looks ragged and ancient; you want it to complement you, and who you are and your dreams for your home. It’s time for some driveway paving, making that driveway your baby. It takes a few things however if you plan on doing this yourself. In a couple, maybe expensive steps if you don’t do your research, your driveway can look as good as new. It can even have some color. Imagine that.
Some essential items you might need to start driveway paving … some gravel, some crushed gravel, gravel spreader, asphalt mix, some asphalt spreader, and even a drum roller. A big question is whether you have an old surface to remove, if so, you are going to need a jackhammer to break that surface up. That’s going to be a little tough, but it should be enjoyable.
Ok, once the old surface is up, it’s time to start anew. First mark off the boundaries of the driveway so the gravel doesn't overlap them, then start spreading the gravel through the driveway. A gravel service can bring you some gravel and leave it at the bottom of the driveway. Make sure while your spreading the gravel, it is not any deeper than 8 inches. Gravel services can be easily found online.
Next up is the asphalt, use an asphalt service if you must, or simply do it
yourself if you have the proper equipment. Once the asphalt and liquid cement
mix is nice and hot, you are ready for the next step.
Now you must distribute the asphalt evenly, using an asphalt spreader to even
out your surface. Then make sure to spread the crushed gravel throughout the
warm asphalt. A drum roller could be good for this or any tool to help smooth
out the surface into a chip seal, keeping the driveway strong.
"What’s left" you ask? Just don’t touch it. Let the driveway cool off and dry for
at least 24 hours without anyone touching it, or anyone driving on it.
If you want the driveway a specific color, concrete can be stained into an
assortment of different colors. Of course that decision has to be answered
before this whole process begins. Driveway paving wasn't as hard as you thought
it would be right?