New Driveway

So your patient wife can’t handle the dust anymore and has pressured you to asphalt the driveway.

So where do we start? How many different contractors do I need? How much is this all going to cost?

We can take over the project at any stage, also if you consider yourself pretty handy we can recommend a few projects you can complete yourself to save money.
Now for the biggest question, what is on the ground right now? Old asphalt driveway, gravel, sand, grass, old road base or limestone which has been done on the ground since the house was built? The preparation costs generally can cost as much as the asphalt. The strength of asphalt is from the preparation, asphalt is only a seal to protect the base work underneath from rain/water.

Ok so let’s start. We meet on site and walk the perimeter of the driveway, we look at the shape, paint some marks on the ground. We look at symmetry, soft sweeping curves or hard angles.
Now where is all the water going to go?

Does the roof down pipes drain onto the driveway which need to be considered?

There needs to be a minimum of 1-2% fall on the asphalt so it can drain properly. This means than a road 3.5m wide needs to be 35-70mm higher on one side compared to the other.
No what do we do with the water?

Soakwells can collect the water and allow it to soak into the surrounding soil (not clay). Spoon drains can collect water along the entrances to car ports, sheds or garages and pipe water elsewhere. Cheapest option is to “sheet” the water off the edges of asphalt into the gardens or grass.

To kerb or not to kerb?

If you are going to kerb it must be laid after base work is completed and before asphalt is laid. Now there are four kerb shapes, barrier kerb (commercial), semi mountable kerb (commercial), mountable kerb (commercial and residential) and flush kerb (commercial and residential). 230mm wide mountable kerbing seems to be the most affordable and popular with driveways.

Now what about the asphalt?

Red or black thick or thin many options to talk through but let’s look at what most people choose. Red 30-35mm or black 30-35mm would be considered.

Now for the sales pitch!

You have a lot of choices when choosing a company to help you with your important driveway project so why use us?
Jackson Asphalt has completed more driveways than any other company in Perth. We put a lot of time and effort into completing your project. We understand this is a massive capital investment and we will do everything we can to ensure value and quality. Our work is guaranteed and we have 11,000 projects completed since 1977.

Thank you for reading this blog. We will try and write a new one every month.

Caring for a New Driveway or Asphalt Car Park

If your new asphalt is installed on a Wednesday you can start using it on Thursday. It would be great if you can give it another day but if you need to use it here is a few tips for looking after your new asphalt.

Tyres are designed to stick to asphalt therefore do not turn your steering wheel when the car is stationery as this will create two scuff marks from the front tyres.
Motor bike stands, bike stands even high heel shoes can sink into new asphalt if the weather is warm enough so we recommend putting down a wooded board off cut while the weather is warm for bikes.

Elevated work platforms, tractor tyre etc damage new asphalt and we recommend waiting for cooler weather or placing sheets of plywood down. Aggressive driving by trucks, sharp quick turning etc needs to be avoided in the warmer weather.

Steel wheeled bins will damage or sink into the asphalt so please use rubber wheels or place concrete or steel sheets under the wheels.

What happens if I do damage the asphalt? It depends on how damaged the asphalt is. A little scuffing will generally disappear or minimize over time from the tyres continuing to drive over it, gouges or sinking marks will need to be cut and removed or gassed and raked with asphalt fines added.

If you have any other questions please call us or look at the Asphalt 101 section on out website.