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The Importance of Proper Grading

IMAG0664If your driveway is deteriorating, you may be racking your brain to figure out the reason behind the problem. Have you considered that improper grading might be the problem? Make sure you protect your driveway – and the money you have invested in it – with high quality grading.

What is Grading?

The process of grading involves just a few simple steps. For a gravel driveway, loosening the gravel that has been packed in is the first step. It is also important to collect the gravel that has been dislocated from the driveway by such processes as snow plowing. Gravel should be scraped from the driveway’s edges and into its center, potholes should be filled in, and then finally the gravel needs to be packed in properly with a roller. For an asphalt driveway, sub-grading becomes part of the process. Whatever the project, you should consider contacting an expert to make sure that your driveway is graded properly in order to avoid potential problems in the future.

What Does Proper Grading Do?

Proper grading will allow your driveway to drain water efficiently and effectively. Without good grading, water can easily seep into the asphalt or gravel of your driveway and cause problems such as cracking, chipping, and uneven surfaces. In the winter, water that seeps into your driveway can freeze, exacerbating these problems.

Proper grading will make sure that this doesn’t happen, by diverting rainwater away from your driveway, to prevent it from working itself into the pores of the asphalt. Proper grading will also keep water from forming large puddles on your lawn or standing water near your house.

If your driveway is properly graded, you can also make sure that it will not develop potholes or undesirable ruts. This means, too, that grading will ensure your driveway will be a far safer surface for your vehicles.

Proper Grading for Driveway Safety and Longevity

Ultimately, proper grading means that your driveway will last far longer and, of course, reduce costs of maintenance and repair. Whether your driveway is large or small, you need to ensure that it is properly graded. This also means that doing it yourself may not be the best option.

1-855-GOT-PAVING can help solve your driveway’s drainage issues by providing top quality grading services. You can contact 1-855-GOT-PAVING today for a free estimate on your driveway’s grading project, whether you need a small touch up or a full-on grading project completed.



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