Paving your own driveway is a great way of doing up your front outdoor space, without spending loads of money. But, it’s important to remember that there is a reason why people call in professionals. This isn’t just because people don’t want to do it themselves (although this is definitely a factor). It’s mostly because paving is a difficult job that requires a fair bit of expertise.
So, to make sure you do the best job possible, here are just a few things to keep in mind when paving your own driveway.
Get a Buddy or Two
While it would be very satisfying to pave your driveway entirely by yourself, we don’t recommend this. If you were to have your driveway paved professionally, an entire team would arrive at your house. This is because paving a driveway is a difficult job that requires a lot of effort.
Buy the Best Quality Materials
As you’re saving money by paving your driveway yourself, it might be tempting to keep cutting the costs and buy cheap materials. But, the best option is to use the money you’re saving to buy good quality materials. Paving your driveway is the kind of home improvement work that you don’t do very often. It’s also one that you won’t want to be doing very often. It is a big job. So, it’s best to invest in materials that will be strong, sturdy, and very long-lasting. Good quality materials will also make your driveway look better. The better the quality, the smoother and more professional your driveway will look.
Don’t Cut Corners
Even if you think you have found an easier way to do something, you should always follow professional instructions. Unless you have professional experience yourself, it’s super important not to cut corners. There is a reason why driveways are paved in a certain way. If you were to cut corners or not do something properly, you will end up with a poor-quality driveway. You might find yourself having to spend more money on hiring professionals to fix it. You could also unintentionally cause a driveway that is unsafe to drive or walk on.
Be Ready to Call in a Professional
Even if you are completely sure that you know what you’re doing, there’s always a chance that something might go wrong. It can be frustrating to take on a big task and then realize you can’t complete it by yourself. But it’s not worth the risk of completing your driveway to a low standard. Especially when you could have called in a professional to fix it. Even if you do call in a professional, there’s a good chance that they will be happy for you to help out. Especially if you have some experience. So, even if you call in a professional at some point within the process, you will still have saved some money. You will also have been involved and can still feel the satisfaction of completing a big job.
Don’t Forget to Lay Every Layer
If you have chosen something like block paving for your driveway, then there are quite a few different steps to remember. While paving a driveway might seem like a relatively simple process, there a lot of things to remember. One of these things is the number of layers needed for paving. You might easily assume that all that is required are paving blocks and filler. But in reality, the levels required are:
- Compacted Sub-Base
- Sand Screed
- Block Paving
- Kiln-Dried Joining Sand
- Edging Stones
All of these layers are absolutely essential to the process of paving your own driveway. These layers are also important to consider before you plan any aspect of your driveway.
Overall, the most important thing to remember is that this is a difficult job! Don’t expect to be able to do everything yourself. And definitely don’t cut corners (unless you absolutely know what you’re doing). It’s also super important to use the best quality materials and make sure you do everything by the book. Otherwise, you’ll just find yourself hiring a professional and spending even more money than if you had done that in the first place. The most important thing to keep in mind that this is a difficult job. So it’s okay to bring in a professional if you need to. It’s better to bring in help than do it entirely by yourself and then making a mistake that requires professional attention.