My Driveway Is Cracked!

 My Driveway Is Cracked!

 

Almost every driveway, whether it is concrete or asphalt, cracks. These cracks, over time, grow larger and unsightly. Homeowners are forced to apply crack filler, which invariably cracks again. Weed  killers become part of the weekend routine of lawn Kutools for excel crack maintenance, but instead of killing weeds in the lawn, homeowners are killing them on their driveways.

The solution to the problem is pavers! Remove the old, worn out, cracked, and dirty concrete driveway and replace it with a new, guaranteed to not crack, beautiful paver surface. All paver manufacturers warranty their product for at least twenty years against cracking. So say goodbye to those cracks forever.

So now that I have you thinking about replacing your driveway, your first question is probably how much does that cost and then, how do you do it? Your paving professional will help you with the color and shape selection. The installation consists of removing your old driveway with the use of a bobcat and a dump truck. The old concrete or asphalt is hauled off to a recycling plant and disposed of for free. Removing an average size driveway will typically take one day. The next day all of the base material, typically recycled concrete fines, are spread and compacted. The base will be compacted in the footprint of the old driveway, unless the shape and size of the driveway is going to change. Once the elevations have been set and the base compacted, the pavers are ready to be installed. The pavers are set directly on top of the base material or leveling sand. Using leveling sand beneath the pavers will maintain a very level final product and it also helps with the interlock effect once the pavers have been installed and compacted. When the paver field has been installed completely, dry joint sand is swept on top of the driveway, filling in the joints between the pavers. Once the sand is completely spread, a plate compactor is used to compact the pavers. Finally a concrete edge restraint is troweled along the outside edge of the paver field, or in some cases, a plastic edge restraint is installed with stakes that are driven into the soil. These plastic edge restraints are great in northern climates with hard, dense soils.