What You Need to Know Before Starting a Driveway

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Driveway

Amidst the excitement and flurry of construction, the driveway of a new property is often one of the last jobs to be completed before occupation. All the focus is usually on the interior design and external landscaping, so the driveway can sometimes be an afterthought. However, a smooth, neat driveway that complements the size and style of the property increases its value by thousands, so careful thought is required.

A Driveway is a Significant Investment

Depending on the size of the property, a driveway can be as short as a few metres or, on an acreage estate or a rural property, as long as it takes to find the front door. A driveway can be a no-nonsense strip of straight concrete or a snaking ribbon of gravel or asphalt winding through trees and gardens. Whatever the size and materials used, a driveway is a significant investment that should be done by professionals.

Old Driveways Need Some Love

It is not just new driveways that need expert attention. Older driveways that have been in use for many years eventually break down and need repair or replacing. Taking up an old driveway is also a job for professionals. These are usually in high traffic and heavy use areas in older suburbs, so there are safety issues and correct disposal of waste materials required by local councils of which inexperienced operators may not be aware.

Here at Dee Gees Bobcats, we have a team of experienced and licensed operators with a long history of working on all types of driveways. We also have a wide range of equipment available, including mini tippers and tip trucks for the safe removal of waste. We always leave sites clear and clean, ready for the next step.

Preparation is the Difference between a Great Driveway and a Mess

Correct preparation is crucial to the final result. The driveway route must be cleared, levelled and sometimes excavated. There could be debris like old, broken concrete or pavers, tree roots, large stones and other materials that need to be removed in accordance with council requirements. Accurate measurements are needed to mark out the route, install edging and guide the placement of steel reinforcing before any concrete is poured, and pavers or asphalt is laid.

Experience Matters

These are all tasks that, if not performed to the highest standards, will adversely affect the final result. No property owner wants a driveway with bumps and indentations that are off-centre, or begins to crack and break up within months of completion. They also do not want their property strewn with rubble after the work is supposed to be finished. A perfect driveway or a tidy yard is not too much to ask when the work is done by a professional.

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