Gravel Paving Explained
Have you asked yourself if there is a good solution for gravel driveway maintenance in north Texas?
Here’s how to look at it, repair it, and enjoy that country drive:
first off, soil in Texas is generally unfavorable when it comes to roadways. The expansion and contraction, and water retention of underlying soil is such that most gravel driveways don’t stand a chance. Then, when you add improper grading and lack of regular maintenance driveways go from bad to worse.
But it’s not all bad and here’s why... adding gravel to a gravel driveway, grading it, and compacing it solves the problem on the cheap.
Depending on the current state of the driveway, you should only need to add fresh gravel every 3-5 years to compensate for lost gravel over time, and to fill in low spots.
it may seem over-simplified, and to some extent that’s true. There are instances where this becomes tricky, even for experts. The fact, however, is that adding gravel periodically, when combined with proper grading and fresh rock added (where needed) is the best strategy.
Waiting until the drive is undriveable, adding bricks or wood in potholes, etc. just makes repair more extensive.
The case for keeping rock driveways in good condition from a practical perspective is enjoyment and useability of the drive, and taking pride in your property that can improve the neighborhood home values.
From a structural viewpoint, we believe a drive in good condition encourages water to flow off the drive, not holding in puddles, or eroding areas. A well maintained driveway will better avoid uneven wear. Because areas under water-logged driveways lose strength, more movement underneath can occur over time. This creates a situation where underlying soil is variable, and not consistent throughout the drive.
What this all adds up to is that a drive with some sort of regular maintenance will reduce wear and unevenness. Gravel driveways need maintenance from time to time. If you are in north Texas we’ll bid your driveway repair at no cost, and if you are out of our area, call around for someone who can Affordably deliver rock, grade, and compact your drive so you can enjoy the drive without bigger issues down the road.
One final note, if you have a drive in very bad condition you need to make sure that the contractor has a way to even out and repair very bad sections before just putting rock down.
kk, let us know if you have any questions!
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