The quality of your driveway can either detract from the street appeal of your home or add to it. Installing a new one is typically a big job that requires careful planning. We've put together some of the most important factors to consider when designing and laying your driveway to ensure it's done right the first time.
Why choose asphalt?
There are many reasons why an asphalt driveway is a good idea. It's quick to install and can be driven on soon after it's been laid. As they don't take as long to install, the labour involved is less, therefore the cost can be considerably lower than some other types of driveways. Asphalt is flexible and can expand and shrink without the risk of cracking which makes it extremely strong and durable, you can expect it to last for more than 30 years. If in the unlikely event it does need repairs, they are affordable and easy to fix in most cases. Asphalt is made from an oil-based material so if you happen to have oil leaks, it's not going to ruin the appearance of your driveway. It is also skid resistant even in the wet.
Now, let's get into the most important considerations for planning and laying your new asphalt driveway
Before committing to any major plans, it's a smart idea to figure out what your budget is. Ask for a fixed price rather than a subject to change quote. This way you won't be charged extras along the way that you may not have budgeted for. It's always recommended you obtain a few quotes before choosing a contractor to ensure you are getting the best value for money.
Obtain necessary council permits
In Queensland, all driveways need to be approved by council first. You will need to apply for and obtain a permit before you can start installing your new driveway. Once granted, construction can commence. There are a couple of different permit types when it comes to driveways, so make sure you get the correct one.
Access to the driveway
One of the main things you'll need to factor in is access from the road onto your driveway. It needs to be safe first and foremost and it shouldn't be hard or difficult to get on to. Your local council will be looking for these two things when assessing your permit application.
Removal of trees and structures if necessary
You will need to consider the removal of any trees or structures that are in the way of where your driveway needs to go. Check with council first before removing trees as you may need a permit.
The size of your driveway
Your new asphalt driveway needs to serve you well otherwise it won't be doing its job properly. Is room for one car enough or does it need to be wider? There needs to be enough space for your car to drive comfortably on it. If it's too narrow, your tyres may slip off the edges. It will wear on the asphalt and it can damage your car. If you have two vehicles and intend on parking on the driveway and it only has enough room for one car, this means you'll have to double park, and this can be extremely inconvenient. You will also need to consider if you need an area to turn around and if you want varying widths. While these are all things you will need to make decisions about, you don't have to do it alone. Our highly skilled team will run you through all of your options to help you create a driveway that is highly functional and suited to your needs.
If your driveway is reasonably long, it doesn't have to be straight. You can have it with soft curves or even circular. In some instances, you may be limited with your design options and will have to think more practically and functionally than aesthetically.
Determine the thickness of your asphalt driveway
The thickness that your driveway should be depends on the type of soil it is being laid on and what it will be used for. An average driveway typically ranges between 25mm to 40mm thick with 30mm being the most used thickness. For driveways that need to withstand heavy loads, 35mm up to 50mm is usually laid.
Merging your driveway with your home
To get a flawless result your driveway needs to meet with your home and/or garage seamlessly. Our expert asphalt contractors are a wealth of knowledge and can advise you of many clever ways to do this.
Well-planned drainage for your asphalt driveway is one of the most important things to implement. It ensures your driveway maintains its integrity and avoids premature damage. Not only that, the last thing you want is water pooling on your driveway or running into the house or garage from inadequate draining. The sub-grade needs to be graded to prevent this from occurring.
Speak to us about your driveway ideas
If you're ready to install a new asphalt driveway, get in contact with our expert team here at Colossal Allies Asphalt, we will guide you throughout the process and will happily answer questions you have. With us, your driveway will be compliant, sturdy, look fantastic and be constructed to the highest industry standard. Call us today for more information.