driveway paving mistakes

3 Common Driveway Paving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Your driveway has your back. Well, your tires. It’s a functional, hard-working space that you pass over every single day, usually without a second thought.

Until it’s time to pave. Or re-pave.

Unfortunately, common driveway paving mistakes can weaken your driveway’s performance and require significantly greater maintenance over time. Here are three of the most common driveway paving mistakes to be aware of and what you should do instead.

1. Too Little or Too Much Spacing

How much space does your driveway need? It’s a planning consideration that will significantly alter how you use your driveway in the future.

A single-car driveway, for example, is usually between 9 to 12 feet. A 20-foot driveway provides enough space for two cars to pass, though not quite enough space to park side-by-side and open doors, which is why two-car driveways can get as wide as 24 feet. For a single-car turnaround, you’ll need a space measuring 10 by 20 feet, while a two-car turnaround needs 20 by 20 feet.

This is often dictated by the size of your garage, but keep in mind that your driveway becomes a landscaping feature. Pay attention to how it integrates into your landscaping so that you can balance comfortable maneuvering with curb appeal.

2. Improper Asphalt Driveway Surfacing

Your driveway is supposed to last for decades. With proper maintenance, an asphalt driveway can last 15 to 20 years. But if it’s done poorly, it might last a fraction of that time (if you’re lucky). Then you’ll be paying for early asphalt driveway repair every time you turn around.

For example, if you choose the wrong material, you’ll have to spend a lot more time and energy keeping it in good repair. Here’s a hint: the cheapest material isn’t always the right one.

Alternately, if you choose to resurface your driveway with a different material, you can’t just throw down the new material. Any issues in the underlying material will eventually show up in the new one, so you have to repair the old driveway surface in order to install the new one properly.

3. Hiring the Wrong Asphalt Driveway Contractors

You could Google “driveway paving near me” and come up with a list of at least twenty contractors in your area, plenty of them with decent prices. That does not mean you should hire any old contractor, though.

Start by taking a look at the company’s website. Check out their quotes (hint: if they give a blanket quote rather than customizing the estimate to your project, take your project elsewhere). Check out their testimonials page to see what their customers have to say.

In your initial call, ask questions and pay attention to the company’s level of professionalism. Ask for a list of references and ask a variety of questions of those references, like their satisfaction with the work, how closely the contractor followed the contract, and the cost of the job.

You should also ask for proof that the company has liability insurance. If they’re incredulous at your skepticism, insist on proof. Any contractor worth their salt will gladly provide proof of liability insurance.

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