What is Grading and Why is it Important?
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Grading is probably the most important aspect to your entire paving job. Grading is the process of ensuring a level base in the construction of your driveway. Grading also takes place during the construction of your home’s lawn and property, when roads are constructed, and more. In order to grade in the preparation of laying an asphalt driveway or parking lot, the land must be cut or filled, leveled, and appropriately pitched to allow for water run off.
Have you ever traversed a parking lot in the rain and had to serpentine around all of the puddles? Have you experienced rain water in your garage during heavy downpours? If so, you have experienced an area that was not properly graded and pitched. That is why grading is so crucial; standing rain water only further damages the asphalt and concrete, and with the amount of rain that we get year round in Maryland this is a worry to many of our customers.
What should I know about Grading?
- The driveway’s sub-grade needs to be adequate, this creates a strong foundation for the driveway and ensures the grade we create is consistent and effective. A finished asphalt driveway is only as good as it’s sub-grade, that’s the base.
- Grading needs to allow water to drain properly, this is critical and to prevent pooling water, grade and pitch should be done by a professional.
At 1-855-GOT-PAVING we focus on the early phases of your driveway. We measure, plan, and spend ample time determining the correct grade and pitch that your driveway will require to properly direct water away from your home and to prevent puddles or pools occurring during rainfall. Contact us today for a free estimate!
What Our Clients Say
Once again you have exceeded our expectations. The price was very reasonable (we did shop around) and professionalism was outstanding. Thanks for not trying to include add-on fees to make a higher profit and we are looking forward to working with you for many more years to come.
-M. Leo Storch Management
Mr Joseph was by far the most responsive of the three companies we contacted. He came to inspect or driveway on the date and time he promised, gave us a firm quote, and he and his crew arrived on the appointed day at the scheduled time. They edged and cleared the old surface, then laid the new asphalt with the edges tapered to align with our patio and sidewalk. When they were finished the new surface was truly beautiful (and functional).