How Thick Should the Gravel Base Be Under an Asphalt Driveway?


Standard Asphalt Driveway

Full Depth Asphalt Driveway

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  • According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, a full depth asphalt driveway is the best option. "We recommend full-depth asphalt for driveways," says Dave Newcomb, NAPA Vice President of Research and Technology. The NAPA also states that "Full-depth asphalt provides a better balance of strength and flexibility---plus durability."

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