The way your driveway looks leaves a lasting impression for your home. It is the first thing that visitors see, and can significantly increase your curb appeal. When you are planning your driveway construction or repair, there are a number of factors that you should pay attention to. Lucky for you, we list four key considerations below that will guide you through your driveway construction or repair.
Choose the Right Gravel Construction and Maintenance Contractor
Hiring the right professional contractor is critical to a great driveways construction or maintenance. Door-to-door contractors that claim to have the expertise may offer you a great deal, but be prepared to have a poorly finished product. Choosing an experienced and reputable company with particular specifications, procedures, and installation techniques will guarantee that you end up with quality results.
Some tips when hiring a gravel driveway installation and maintenance contractor:
- Get more than one quote for your driveway installation or maintenance. Reputable companies will usually offer free quotes for driveway projects.
- Ask the company to show you photographs of past work, and, if possible, visit the location to see it in person. You can also call previous clients in order to validate, and ask more questions about their experience working with the company.
- Choose a contractor that has built a solid reputation in your community. Talking to your neighbours and friends is a great way to find a reliable driveway construction company. Make sure that all of your agreements pertaining to the project are in writing.
The Placement of Your Driveway Construction
One of the benefits of working with experienced gravel driveway professionals is that they know how to make your landscape look great. You can rest assured that any trees, rocks, and existing landscape that you may have will be maintained during your gravel driveway construction/repair. They will be able to strategically design your driveway to completion and conform to your existing terrain, something that requires experience to do successfully.
The Width of Your Gravel Driveway
There are very specific guidelines pertaining to the acceptable width and thickness levels of a gravel driveway. Within the industry, gravel driveways should be at least 8 ft wide for a single car driveway. For two car driveways, the minimum is 12 ft, but 20 ft is best to comfortably open car doors.
Maintaining your gravel driveway is extremely important. It is recommended within the first year of installation and is recommended every other year in order to maintain your driveway and keep it looking great for many years.
If you are looking to upgrade or maintain your gravel driveway, look no further than Schlager Excavating. We offer a number of services, including foundation repairs, private road building, and blasting, among many others. Contact us today to begin your next project.