Many homeowners are happy to simply have a driveway that they can use to park their cars off of the road, away from oncoming vehicles and pedestrians on foot. But what happens when you family expands and you need to acquire additional vehicles? The most basic solution is to expand your driveway, but there are a couple of factors worth noting before you make the leap.
1. Expanding Your Driveway Versus Replacing It
If your driveway is already in pretty good shape, you may be able to expand it so that more cars are able to be parked on your property easily. On the other hand, driveways that are crumbling and in a poor state of repair aren't worth expanding.
If you really have to ask, you probably just need to resurface or replace your driveway altogether. Consult with a paving contractor so you can get an expert opinion and learn about all of your driveway-expansion options.
2. What Material Should Be Used to Expand Your Drive?
Most homeowners use the same material, such as asphalt or concrete, to expand their driveways. Not only will using the same material help you to maintain a uniform look, you'll also avoid the type of problems that can come about as a direct result of binding two kinds of material. When two different driveway-paving materials are used in the same location, deterioration is likely to happen at an accelerated rate.
3. Hiring a Paving Contractor or Doing It Yourself
Virtually anyone with a bucket and some mixing tools can pour cement and create a driveway, but that doesn't mean doing so is advised in every instance. In the event that even a slight error is made, your expanded driveway may end up uneven, lumpy, or downright dangerous for you to park your vehicle on. If you want your newly expanded driveway to last, your best bet is to hire a professional paving contractor.
4. Expanding Your Driveway When It Is Attached to a Garage
If you have a driveway that runs into a garage, you are going to have to consider how you are going to handle an expansion job. If you hire a paving contractor, you won't end up with any concrete puddles around the walls of your garage, and your driveway will come out as intended. A well-constructed driveway will also make it possible for you to expand and build out your garage at a later time.