Tips For Building a New Driveway

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Refinished concrete driveway with custom inlay stamping

A new driveway can be an expensive under taking; there are some important points to consider before moving forward to ensure you can enjoy your driveway for years to come.

1. Hire a Houston General Contractor

It is important to hire an experienced and reputable contractor. If you want the job to last for years to come, you want to make sure you are hiring a contractor who uses strict installation techniques. Always call more than one contractor for an estimate as the best companies out there will most likely offer you a free estimate. In addition, you should ask the contractor for references for previous jobs they have performed and if you can you should drive by to take a look at the product. It is a good idea to ask around your community and make sure the contractor has a positive reputation. Verify the contractor has the proper liability insurance in case there is an accident when they are on the job. Finally all estimates and agreements need to be in writing. If you are dealing with a reputable firm then none of the above requests should be an issue for the contractor.

2. Driveway Placement

Another key factor in making sure your driveway lasts for many years is its placement. A good contractor is going to use the current landscape and terrain and build the driveway in an optimal spot. For example, a professional contractor will not place the driveway too close to deep rooted trees to lessen the chance of cracks in the future from the growth of the roots.

3. Know the local laws 

Knowing the local rules on putting down a driveway is also something you will get when you hire a local Houston general contractor. There are width and thickness standards that need to be adhered to that a contractor with experience will know like the back of their hand.

 4. Drainage Issues

Hiring a professional minimizes the risk of having drainage issues in the future. If you driveway ends up with drainage issues, it will not last as long and require repairs on a regular basis. An expert is going to look at sources of potential run off from your home and make sure to account for that in the design.

 5. Sealcoating

A professional contractor will make sure you have your driveway seal coated. Sealcoating is one of the most important steps to make sure your driveway looks good for years to come. A sealcoat offers a few benefits including a dark look and reduces the driveways exposure to UV rays which you all know can be important in Houston! In addition it provides protection against oil and gas.

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