Block Paving Driveways
When you are installing a block paving driveway, it’s very important to lay a good foundation. Block paving is a very fine medium. It is similar to cobblestones, and it can turn a lumpy, damaged, dangerous driveway or path into a strong and attractive addition to your yard. It’s more than just dumping some blocks down and wishing for the right results. Whether you are installing block paving, or heavy duty concrete paving slabs, it is extremely important to prepare the ground well.
What are the consequences of making a mistake? The heaviness of your automobile will cause your driveway to sink over time, which will weaken the blocks, and ruin the pattern you set in place. As soon as you aren’t looking, weeds will pop up in the cracks and cause your driveway or path to be bumpy and unsightly. If they aren’t laid on a good foundation, your blocks will break and crack. To be blunt, you significantly shorten their life span.
It can be hazardous to have wonky paving. People love to file lawsuits, and if you have a hazardous driveway or walkway in front of your house, you can count on someone tripping and suing you. Liability is covered by your home insurance but there’s no way to insure that you liability and legal expense claims will be resolved. Additionally, if your project turns out badly and someone trips and hurts themselves, you may end up paying for a lawsuit.
If you’re thinking of creating your own driveway paving to save money, run your estimates first. When calculating your hourly time to complete the project, make sure to take into account the additional time an amateur will take over the time of a professional. Determine how much your time is worth by the hour. Be sure to include research time and the time it takes to decide on and purchase materials. Calculate the cost of the materials and their delivery plus the cost of having leftover material removed. Then look at the difference between the prices of getting an expert.
Also consider your own health. Unless you’re in great shape, laying block paving is a difficult job physically. There can be some unwanted financial results, especially with injuries like the back.
Ultimately, a paving professional is the best choice because it is critical that the preparation be done correctly. You need someone who is experienced with block laying, has good connections with building supply stores, knows how to choose the right materials quickly and easily, and has a big truck to haul them in.