Having a gravel driveway can make it easier to get in and out of your driveway during inclement weather. The gravel gives your tires something solid to grip onto, even when it is raining. If you have not had gravel laid before, you may not know what the process entails. The guide below walks you through everything you need to know about creating an amazing gravel driveway for your home.
Determine the Size of Your Driveway
The first thing you need to do is you need to determine how long and how wide your driveway is. You need to know how many square feet you need to cover with the gravel so that you can know how much to order. You want to be sure to include any areas that you want to use as turnarounds or if you want to use gravel in other areas of your yard to create a seating area.
Determine What Gravel You Want to Use
There are many different options when it comes to gravel. You need to consider how large you want the gravel to be, if you want it to be a specific color, and if you want it to be low dust gravel. There is gavel available that is treated so that it does not kick up a lot of dust when it is moved around as you drive on it. This type of gravel is ideal for places that go through dry spells from time to time because that is the time when the most dust is created.
Properly Prepare for the Gravel Delivery
When you order gravel, it is important to realize that the gravel will be brought by dump trucks. The trucks will dump the gravel as they drive out of your driveway or in a large pile at the end of the driveway. The dump trucks will need plenty of space to turn around and you need to have someone present to let them know where you want the gravel dropped. You will be responsible for spreading it. The driver’s do not spread the gravel out after it is dropped. If they drop it as they drive out of your driveway, it will make spreading it easier because you will not have to move it as far to spread it.
A gravel delivery takes just a few minutes. Spreading the gravel can take hours or even days, depending on how much gravel you have to spread. You may want to enlist the help of friends and family to make the process a bit easier.