Driveway Paving Mistakes to Avoid

Driveway paving is an important outdoor installation procedure, and if done right, will boost the attractiveness of your exterior home space. With the right guidelines and installation materials, you can have your driveway paved with a minimum of labor and time. The following are some of the common mistakes made when paving a driveway. Read on to find out how to avoid these pitfalls, and how to succeed in paving your driveway.

Allowing Too Much Space

While it is a good idea to make some allowance for extra space in parking, leaving too much space will only serve to inconvenience you in the future. Consult a professional so that you can be certain to avoid allocating too much space for the driveway.

When too much of the front open space is taken up by the driveway, it has the effect of creating an unbalanced setting. It leaves the impression of something not being quite right. Even if you do have the space to spare, don't let it all be consumed by the driveway. You're sure to achieve a more balanced setting if you devote some of the extra space to landscaping. A good pointer in figuring out just how much space you need is to construct a driveway that will comfortably accommodate your personal vehicles.

Allowing Too Little Space

The particular design of your driveway will dictate how much space you should allocate for construction. It's important to allow enough space to enable comfortable maneuvering and parking. Again, it pays to seek professional advice to ensure that you make the most resourceful utilization of your space while achieving the driveway of your preference. 

Lack of Long-Term Considerations

A driveway is the sort of installation you don't want to have to redo in the near future. Give careful consideration when installing, so that the outcome can serve you several years before you have to renovate it. Don't be driven simply by the costs involved when you want to pave a driveway. What may come across as a cheaper option might not hold long-term value and appeal for you. The cheapest is not always the best. Don't be focused on installing a driveway that will take only the shortest amount of time to install. A hastily installed driveway can make it impossible for you to incorporate certain aesthetic and functional aspects, which you may only come to appreciate much later.

Improper Application of Sealer

A sealer protects the driveway from the damaging effects of weather and other destabilizing agents. Not sealing properly is a common mistake, especially with an asphalt driveway. Applying a sealer too soon, or waiting too long before applying, will have a negative impact on the strength and durability of the driveway. It's best to apply a sealer 6 months after installation. After that, you need to apply the sealer every 1 to 3 years.