Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to do an average driveway?
First of all, there is no such thing as an “average” driveway. Every driveway has its own characteristics and is as different as the automobile occupying it. There is no way for us give you a price for work that we have not seen.
What if I have the dimensions, can you give me a price then?
No. There are many variables that go into the pricing structure: slope, grade, material, obstacles, etc., all of which can only be accurately estimated by an onsite assessment. Anyone that gives you a figure over the phone should not be trusted.
How can you guarantee that I do not need new material?
Obviously we can’t…and we don’t. If your driveway was built incorrectly and needs more material, we will tell you that directly. Most people, when they call, THINK that they need more material. All are amazed, when we are finished, how much gravel that they actually already had on their driveway!
Isn’t it normal to have to add gravel to my driveway every couple of years?
“Normal”–yes. Necessary–No. If you are forced to add material to your driveway on a regular basis, that is evidence of a problem. Fix the problem, and your gravel driveway–with limited maintenance–will outlast you.
Will reconditioning keep grass from growing up in my driveway?
Yes. And No. When we recondition, our equipment tears out 99% of all the grass in the driveway by the roots. (It doesn’t just ‘cut it off’ like a lawnmower, trimmer or scraper blade does.) Regular maintenance will keep grass from growing back.
Additionally, regular spraying along the unused portions of the driveway (i.e. edges, corners, center, etc.) will keep grass from creeping in.
I like the ‘country lane’ look with a grass strip running down the middle of my gravel driveway. Is there any reason I should not do this?
Actually, this can be a problem for several reasons. If you have the grass strip, that means that you are driving in the same ‘ruts’ all the time. Eventually, these ruts will get deeper and the center higher, causing clearance problems with your vehicle and a fire hazard. The low areas will allow water to run or pool, both conditions causing structural damage to your road. The only way to avoid this, is to regularly add material to the driving ‘ruts’, keeping them level with the center. It is HIGH MAINTENANCE at least, difficult to mow and can be dangerous and expensive.
Does grass growing in the driveway cause any problems?
Besides being just unsightly and giving your home the appearance of being unkempt, grass does undermine the structure and durability of the driving surface. Grass decomposes and makes compost. Compost makes dirt. Dirt grows more grass, grass makes more compost, etc. Eventually, you are driving on more dirt than gravel and dirt is an unstable driving surface. It is slippery when wet, and coats your vehicle with mud or dust, depending on the season.