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New driveway (by Dave [MO]) Nov 30, 2021 3:27 PM
       New driveway (by Richard [MI]) Nov 30, 2021 3:41 PM
       New driveway (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 30, 2021 4:55 PM
       New driveway (by RB [MI]) Nov 30, 2021 5:21 PM
       New driveway (by 6x6 [TN]) Nov 30, 2021 6:22 PM
       New driveway (by Sisco [MO]) Nov 30, 2021 6:22 PM

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New driveway (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 3:27 PM

Just got a new home under contract and I'm wanting to have a asphalt or a chip and seal driveway put down.

This would replace the current gravel driveway, is there any pro's or con's in favor over asphalt or chip and seal?

or any other ideas?

Any info would be appreciated. I know to keep my eyes on the Gypsies that put 4" on the edge and 2" in the middle. lol

This will be for personal home. Thanks in advance.

New driveway (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 3:41 PM

Up here in the area where we get pretty cold winters whatever is used for driveways is subject to frost heave and unless the underlayment/base is substantial everything gets cracks and potholes, usually sooner than later. Just my opinion here, if you really want cement or asphalt, talk with the installers and see what they recommend for a really good base. Maybe 6 inches minimum or even 12 inches. Depends on local conditions, soil type, etc. All the cheap asphalt jobs (2 inches right on the existing dirt) will quickly fail. Cement should have a lot of clean unrusted rebar, a minimum of 24 inches on center and a minimum of 4 inches thick with 6 inches better.

Any of this can get expensive.

For my own place, I have simple compacted gravel. Yes, it gets low spots and needs touchups every couple years, but a touch up might be $200-400 while fixing asphalt or cement can be far costlier, especially the initial install. --75.7.xx.xx

New driveway (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 4:55 PM

I agree with Richard, I'd go with gravel. Easy fixes. Almost every time I spend a fortune putting in a costly driveway, then a tenant, the utility company or some one else will drive a super heavy weight vehicle (on a hot day) and destroy any asphalt of composite driveway. And they won't have insurance either.

New driveway (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 5:21 PM

#3 gravel.

New driveway (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 6:22 PM

Do any of you use crusher run?

New driveway (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2021 6:22 PM

I like the looks of nice fresh asphalt, However, I paved mine with concrete.

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