Getting A New Driveway? 4 Things You Must Know

Getting a new driveway involves so much more than choosing the right paving material. This investment can be quite costly depending on the look you want to achieve and you’ll be using it for so many years so getting the basics right is very important.

Here are a few things you should consider when getting a new driveway:

Prepare well.

A poorly laid driveway can potentially cost you more – and nobody wants to pay twice for a rework. Whether you’re getting a block paved driveway, resin, or tarmac, make sure that the surface is well prepared. Tarmac and resin can usually be laid on top of an existing driveway provided that there are no cracks on the surface and potholes are a minimum of 300mm. Overlays are cheaper than a full new driveway but it will be very likely that the pre-existing damage can impact your new surface. Depending on how terrible your new driveway is, you could spend more for getting minor repairs done to get it redone. Not to mention maintenance costs rise every year.

Not all contractors are created equal.

While price may be a major factor when hiring a contractor for your new driveway, going for the specialists on the driveway you want is still the best way forward. When hiring contractors, you may want to get an estimate from several candidates to get an idea of how much a new driveway costs. Next, take it further by asking your family and friends whether they have worked with these contractors before. Keep accurate notes of these questions:

  • How is the workers’ work ethic?
  • Are they trustworthy?
  • How closely did they follow the contract?
  • What’ the total cost of the project?
  • Were you satisfied with the job?
  • Do you notice any problems with the driveway so far?

Before giving it a go, make sure you have booked a site inspection with the driveway experts and know about the process straight from them.

Think about aesthetics.

If you’re serious about increasing the value of your property, matching your new driveway to your home and landscaping is a great way to do it. Think about how your new driveway will affect the style and overall feel of your home. Will it be a curved driveway? A bending one? How about drainage? More than aesthetics, your new driveway should blend with the ground shape.

Get protected. Learn about the warranties that come with your new driveway.

A new driveway is an excellent investment. It instantly increases the value of your property and it beautifies your home in more ways than one. You’re also going to use it for so many years so it’s important than your contractor offers sufficient warranty for your new driveway.

At D Harrison, we are offering 10-warranty for newly installed driveways. If you want to know how our paving surfaces will work on your front garden or you wish to know about how to get them at 0% interest, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!