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Is your current driveway in shambles? Have you just constructed a home and have no drive? It is in such situations that you will really be considering having a new front drive installed. There are two ways that you could get to do this. The first would be to consider hiring a professional landscaper to come in do it for you and the other would be for you to consider doing it yourself.

Now, the thing is that the construction of a drive way is not at that hard. As such, this is one task that you could by yourself. Constructing your own is one the best things you could do. Why? In the first place, you could end up saving lots of money. Secondly, you could get to learn a thing or two doing it while having fun with the process.

Reading Drive Ways

The question now is how you go about constructing a practical driveway. Don’t worry, as earlier mentioned, it is quite an easy task and this piece will be teaching you how to go about it. However, before venturing into how to create your own, there are a couple of things that you need to have and to consider before moving forward. As such, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

• How long will the driveway be?
• What material will it be made of?
• Do you have all the required equipment to construct it properly?
• How much are you looking to spend to create it?

With such questions in mind, planning and creating your drive way will become easier and more convenient. Now let’s move to how to build it. But before that, let’s define what it is.

A driveway is a simple and miniature road that usually leads from the main road to a building or structure. Driveways are essentially for easing access to a house by creating a permanent pathway for a vehicle to pass on or people to walk on.

Factors To Consider

Design

The first thing to do is to come up with a design of the kind of drive way that you want. The plan is to come up with a design that can handle most of the modern day vehicles. As such, you need to take into consideration how you would love your drive path to look like and the kind of material that it will be made of. The layout should be in a way that takes into consideration the ease of access above all things.

Access, Safety And Visibility

When building a path way for your vehicle, you need to ensure that it is first of all safe for use. By this, you need to consider if where you have located it and the way you have designed it, makes it a safe pathway. You therefore have to ensure that the entrance is visible and easily accessible. Take time to check with your town clerk to know the local regulations that govern the making of driveways.

Drivability

How navigable will it be? When planning on constructing a drive path, you need to ensure that it provides easy and safe access for different motor vehicles in all types of weather. When it comes to this factor, the most important factor to consider is the material that you will use to create it with. The best and most reliable material would have to be asphalt. However, if the cost of buying asphalt is quite high, you could opt to go for other materials that are just as safe. At the same time, you need to consider the size and grade of the drive way to make it easier to not only park but also to drive on it.

Clearing The Way

If you are building it out of a completely virgin piece of land, then clearing the way for the way is essential. As such, take time to consider where you want the path to pass. Are there trees or bushes or any other obstacles that need to be removed? Take care of those first.

Building The Driveway

Once you have considered and taken care of all of the above factors, then you can move on to building your drive way. And here is how to go about it.

1. Remove the topsoil

The first step is to get rid of the topsoil. The topsoil is often weaker considering that it has been open to the elements and will need to be taken out of the equation for your pathway to have a stronger base.

2. Grade and compact the subsoil

Once the topsoil has been moved, it is essential that you grade the subsoil to give it an even gradient. Once you have done that, compact it to make it firmer for the extra layers that will come on top of it. To do this, you could opt to add loads of crushed rocks for that extra stability before compacting them. This gives the pathway and even firmer foundation.

3. Create a good draining base

Once you have graded and compacted the subsoil, it is important that you finalize the entire procedure by giving it a good drainage base. This is essential to ensure that all water that falls on the material flows to the sides and away from the pathway itself. This way, stagnating water can never get the chance to weaken your drive. Good drainage is essential. However, you need to be careful not to give it a very sharp gradient but a simple sloping one that will have the water flowing away from it.

4. Cover your drive with a water resistant surface

Once you have laid the foundation and have created a good drainage, the next thing would be to cover your new drive with a good water-resistant material that will serve as its surface. You could opt to use asphalt or gravel or any other material to do this. However, it is absolutely important that you grade your surface evenly to ensure that the resulting surface is flat and smooth.

The above approach is one of the simplest ways to create an effective and lasting driveway. However, it is advisable that you seek help from a professional road maker. They could help you make all the right decisions, and to use the right measurements to ensure that your drive comes out perfectly. At the same time, it is essential that you use the best materials and equipment to get the job done. It is also important that you take all the necessary safety measures into consideration to stay safe even as you go about constructing your driveway.