How to Pave a Driveway

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Having a paved driveway is better for most homeowners than a dirt or gravel driveway. A driveway that has been paved with asphalt is less likely to damage cars with flying rocks or to leave a vehicle dirty or muddy.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel
  • Asphalt mix and liquid cement
  • Asphalt spreader
  • Gravel spreader
  • Crushed gravel
  • Start the driveway paving project by spreading a layer of gravel on the driveway. Use markers to mark where the boundaries of the driveway will be. Contact a gravel service to dump the gravel on the area. Spread the gravel until it is at least 2 inches thick but no deeper than 8 inches.

  • Find a source for an asphalt mixture. Use an asphalt service if necessary, or mix the asphalt yourself if you have the equipment necessary. Take the asphalt mixture and the melted liquid cement and mix them together, being extremely careful of the heat from the liquid cement.

  • Spread the asphalt evenly across the driveway area. Use an asphalt spreader or whatever tool you have handy to make the asphalt lie smoothly.

  • Have a supply of crushed gravel available as soon as the asphalt is spread. Use a gravel spreader to scatter the gravel on top of the asphalt while it is still warm. Use a drum roller to roll over this gravel layer to push it down into the asphalt for a chip seal that will make the driveway more impervious to the elements and to constant use.

  • Let the asphalt dry, and avoid driving on the paved area for at least a day as the asphalt cools and cures.

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