Installing a paved driveway is not your typical DIY project; it requires specialized skills and equipment to execute. However, it’s still worth learning the steps involved in the project. This way, you can estimate the cost and time of completion for the project. Here are the steps you need to follow to successfully install a paved driveway in West Palm Beach.
Step One: Demolition and Removal
The first step to driveway paving is to demolish and remove the existing surface. This could be the old concrete, asphalt, or pavers. This step involves using equipment such as forklifts, bobcats, and front loaders; in some cases, you may need a large dump truck to get rid of the debris. At Sunshine Services Limited, we will help you clear the debris and prepare the space for driveway paving.
Step Two: Grading and Sloping
Once the debris is cleared, the next step is to grade and slope the site. Keep in mind that one of the major problems that affect driveways is run-off water. However, you can slope the surface with a grader to ensure water runs off appropriately. Proper sloping will help prevent damages such as cracks, potholes, and heaving.
Step Three: Preparing the Sub-Base
This is arguably one of the most important steps to installing your new asphalt driveway. The sub-base provides a stable surface to support the paved driveway. The sub-base also acts as a protective layer against winter damage caused by frosting and thawing. When installing the sub-base, be sure to have a compact, durable, long-lasting, and aggregate sub-base of 4-8 inches in thickness. There are different aggregates you can use for the project; however, each varies depending on your needs.
Step Four: Proof Roll, Undercutting, and Sub Base Repair
Once the sub-base is fully compacted and graded, you need to proof roll to ensure the underlying surface is strong enough to support the new driveway. For this, you need a quad-axle dump truck, preferably one loaded with 72,000 pounds. If the gravel flexes more than an inch, the sub-base is not supported correctly. After identifying the soft areas, our team can work on repairing the soft spots. This is done by replacing the underlying soft soil with a stronger aggregate material.
Step Five: Binder
With the sub-base properly secured, you need to lay a binder of large aggregate and oil on top. This will add strength and durability to the driveway once it’s complete.
Step Six: Adding Asphalt
This is probably the easiest and quickest step in installing a new driveway. A hot-mix-asphalt is kept under high temperatures in the truck and must be smoothened and compacted to maintain its pliability. A mix of small aggregate and oil will settle into a hard, shiny, durable, and attractive surface.
Step Seven: Curing
Although the new driveway is poured and compacted, it may not be ready for use. You need at least 24 hours before people can walk on it, 72 hours before driving on it, and 30 days before parking a heavy vehicle. Seal coating can help protect your driveway from any damage.
You can successfully install your new paved driveway with the steps mentioned above. As you can see, it’s best to work with a professional team such as Sunshine Service Limited to get the best services in West Palm Beach.