Gravel Driveway Installation and Repair

A gravel driveway in Iowa? We love how many homes are opting for, or already have this lower cost, attractive driveway. Gravel driveway installation, repair and maintenance sounds simple, and it can be if done correctly. Like so many other things in the world of outdoor living, it’s all about that first base layer. All gravel driveways experience wear and tear with each Iowa winter, which can alter grading for water runoff. Ruts and potholes form rather quickly, and dodging them on a daily basis makes coming home from work no fun, and can put unnecessary wear on your vehicles. If you’re seeing potholes, that’s a good time to start thinking about some maintenance. 

First and foremost is the grading. Does your driveway allow a place for the water to run off? And is it graded away from your home and your foundation? If not you will have issues and will soon need your gravel driveway repaired (and possibly your home too). Second, what’s under the gravel? If it is just dirt you will probably have issues, and again you’ll soon need a landscaper to visit your home or business. We highly recommend grading the driveway to one side or the other to allow rain and snow water a place to go, and then compact it. Next, road base gravel, compacted with a roller just like the asphalt guys do it. This gives your gravel a firm layer to sit on so that when the water does run off it will help prevent potholes and ruts.

We have installed, graded and compacted many gravel driveways, and the transformation from the pothole ridden, grass in the middle, ruts like the grand canyon driveway, to the newly graded, compacted, and user friendly one puts a smile on our face every time. If you have these issues, contact us today for a free estimate. We would like to put a smile on your face as well.

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