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Gravel Driveway

Gravel Driveway Installation Service

First impressions of your property begin with your driveway. The appeal, durability, and usability are all factors to take into account when considering hiring a driveway contractor.

Gravel driveways can be built using a variety of materials depending on climate, budget, maintenance preferences, and aesthetic appeal. The team at Property Enhancements will help recommend the best options for your property.

Gravel Driveway Procedure

Using gravel on a driveway is cost-effective, appealing, and reduces the risk of flooding on your property. While building a gravel driveway is a straightforward process, it requires hard work and preparation. 

While different circumstances may require adaptive methods to complete a driveway build, most require the following process. 

Prepare Base

Remove the existing or dig out a base that will be used for the driveway. 

Set up a Sub-Base

By using a mix of compact aggregate, this step ensures that the driveway has the ability to support heavy loads.

Install Weed Barrier

While this is not required, having a weed membrane or barrier under your gravel will help reduce driveway maintenance in the long run. 

Gravel Installation

The next and final step is to choose the gravel type and materials you’d like to use on your gravel driveway and have them installed over the prepared area.

FAQ

Some benefits of choosing a gravel driveway instead of asphalt or concrete include:

  • Affordability and Cost-Effective
  • Minimal Maintenance & Repair compared to other types
  • Superior Drainage
  • Great choice for rural areas or longer driveways

All driveway types require some sort of maintenance, gravel driveways are no exception. 

In order to keep your gravel driveway looking sharp, we recommend the following:

  • Rake Often
    Raking smooth heavier used areas.

  • Snow Removal Tips
    Avoid heavy duty snow removal. Gravel driveways are a loose, malleable and permeable surface. While things like sideways and asphalt may need snowplowed or shoveled, we do not recommend doing this to gravel driveways as it could eventually damage it or cause uneven spots. If you must remove the snow, leave about 1 inch on top to avoid scraping the loose gravel.

  • Spray Down Debris
    Gravel gets crushed into dust over the time it is used. Spraying down your gravel driveway every now and then will help the dust weighed down and loosen clumps.

  • Fix Potholes
    Throughout using your gravel driveway, you may notice a pothole developing. If the spot can not be filled via a rake and added gravel, we recommend reapplying gravel to the area and compacting it with a heavy roller.

A gravel driveway can be installed on a slope, but will require expert planning for a drainage system, edging options, and grading services.

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