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Will a gravel driveway hold up as well as a paved or concrete driveway ?.
The simple answer is yes. A properly constructed gravel driveway just requires some periodic maintenance. Most driveways made from gravel can be constructed and installed by the home owner with some rented equipment. A little fore thought is needed.
Does the area need special preparation ?
Yes, strip away the topsoil, use it somewhere else on your land. It is a very bad idea to build a gravel driveway on spongy topsoil. Make sure you clean the debris from the proposed driveway area also. If it's in your budget always put down a geo-textile fabric on the sub-soil.
What type of stone and gravel should I use ?
Never use round or smooth stone, This type of stone when used for gravel driveways has a tendency to push out to the sides. Requiring more gravel over the life of the driveway. Use angular stone, which will have a tendency to lock together. Usually this is stone and gravel crushed by machine.
How much stone and gravel do I need ?
Typically you will want to put down between 10 and 12 inches of stone. A base of crush and run for the first layer. Then come back with smaller stone and gravel for the next layer. Try to make each layer approximately four inches thick. The top layer should be constructed of stone and gravel mostly the size of marbles, with some the size of golf balls. A driveway constructed like this should last decades !
Driveway Gravel -- Pea Gravel, Crush and Run
Some of the most common uses of gravel , pea gravel and crush and run are driveways and landscaping. Stone and Gravel driveways are commonly composed of sand, silt, clay and larger aggregates (pebbles and small stones).
Gravel and or stone driveways, by contrast, are often more elegant than their counterparts, poured concrete or asphalt. They are more ecological friendly and the cost are less than half of concrete or asphalt driveways.
Driveways when constructed of concrete or asphalt have a tendency to hold pooled water. They will crack or break if you park your car or truck to close to the edge if the bed was not properly prepared. By contrast, driveways constructed of gravel, pea gravel or stone have surfaces designed to shed water. This is accomplished through the sand, silt and clay particles between the larger aggregate, acting as a binder.Pros of Driveways Constructed of Pea Gravel , Crush and Run and Stone :
Note also that when constructing a driveway not all gravel is appropriate. You would want to use possibly pea gravel or crush and run . The use of rip rap (larger stones) and other types. Driveways constructed of gravel , pea gravel and crush and run do not perform the same, being due to the varying material composition (how the material is screened, etc.). We make sure that you buy Driveway Gravel that is proper for your situation the first time.
Driveways constructed of gravel , pea gravel or crush and run are inexpensive compared to driveways constructed of concrete or asphalt. This in turn makes driveways constructed of stone and gravel the driveway of choice in rural areas. Keeping up with the Jones is not an issue Homeowners often have more crushed gravel added periodically but that's easy enough: you just have another load of crushed gravel dumped and spread versus paying a paving company to come out and replace your concrete or repair cracks monthly etc. Typically a new driveway constructed of concrete will on average cost about 150.00 per cubic yard. A cubic yard covers 81 square feet. A driveway 15 feet wide and 50 feet long is 750 sq. ft, about 10 yards of concrete, costing about 1500.00. Compare that to the cost of bulk stone. The savings will surprise you.
With crushed stone driveways, a base with good drainage is important, so we also make sure your crushed gravel driveway has proper drainage and make recommendations to you, or you could be in for problems. Nonetheless, crushed gravel driveways do generally require less repair or maintenance jobs for you. There will be no sealing, no patching, no cleaning, because there isn't any hard surface that can be damaged or stained.
Gravel , Driveway Gravel , Crush and Run Gravel , Stone and Gravel "rolls with the punches" comparatively well during the freezing / thawing cycle; "frost heaves" are a much bigger deal if you own, say, an asphalt driveway will crack as it freezes and thaws.
As mentioned above, crushed gravel driveways are designed to shed water.
Road surfacing gravel needs to be able to hold itself together to fight the effects of water and traffic. It requires binder, in the form of particles of silt and clay to fill the voids between the larger aggregates and act as a sort of cement. Surface gravel should not allow water to pass through it into the base. Instead, it should shed water to the ditches because of its shape.
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