Whether you are replacing an existing driveway for your modular home or building one from scratch, it is a project that can get significantly more complicated than other household projects. In this article, we share with you some important considerations to take note of before paving a driveway.
Choosing Between Asphalt and Concrete
Do you want an asphalt or concrete driveway? There are several factors that will impact your decision, including:
- The weather conditions of your area
- Whether you intend to park a car on your driveway
- The color you want your driveway to be – concrete provides more options
- How much maintenance you are willing to do
While asphalt comes with a lower initial cost and is easier to repair, its lifespan is shorter than that of concrete. On the other hand, concrete may be more durable but you will be forking out more to repair it when damage occurs. Another option is gravel, which some homeowners go for because of the ease with which it can be paved. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, however if you are in need of a driveway with little time to spare, it does the job.
Building A Strong and Sloped Foundation
As with building a house, your driveway requires a strong foundation. This should be 6 to 12 inches deep and made up of coarse materials, which allows water to seep underneath instead of flooding your driveway. In addition, your driveway should be angled slightly to allow water to run towards the street. If it is not sloped, water can accumulate after heavy rains, weakening your driveway and resulting in costly repairs.
Use Pavement Sealant
Whether you choose to do it yourself or employ a contractor, always ensure that pavement sealant is applied on your new driveway when the job is done. This will form a protective barrier between the asphalt or concrete and the weather elements. Did you know that even spilling cleaner or oil on your driveway can weaken it? Pavement sealant is essential for prolonging the lifespan of your driveway.
Do Not Park Your Car on Your New Driveway Immediately
A new driveway takes some time to set. After paving it, avoid parking your car on it for at least a week after. If you do so, the weight of the vehicle can cause permanent damage, resulting in having to start all over again.
Maintain Your Driveway Regularly
After your new driveway has been paved, following some simple maintenance tips can go a long way in prolonging its lifespan, avoiding the cost of an expensive replacement. Always:
- Fill in cracks timely
- Reseal when necessary
- Clean your driveway regularly
- Protect your curb
- … and more
Build Your Modular Home with Michigan Home Zones
Are you intending to build a modular home for you and your family? If so, Michigan Home Zones is here to help. We are able to guide you throughout the entire process, from designing a floor plan to financing options. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries or would like a recommendation.