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Are you laying concrete, a block wall, or an RV PAD? You need a base layer. We have a variety of road bases and materials to help you get your project done properly.

Nowadays, people are looking for alternatives to asphalt, which has become extremely expensive. Most contractors have turned to other cheaper but still viable driveway construction materials, including crushed stone and gravel. The two materials offer a wide range of benefits. For starters, they are highly customizable. Additionally, the overall cost of installation and maintenance tends to be low.

There are many materials and companies offering driveway construction materials, making it a daunting task for homeowners to narrow it down on which works best for their particular needs. Let’s dive right into it

What is Road Base?

As the name suggests, the base for the driveway can be made of different materials, including gravel, limestone, and crushed stone. They are also used in other areas, such as the pavement. When installed properly, these types of materials are highly durable and cheap to maintain.

How is a Road Base Driveway Constructed?

First the soil, also known as the subgrade, is examined to determine its quality before any construction can begin. If it’s deemed low-quality, it can be excavated, and another type of soil poured in.
Next, your preferred base material is laid out to provide a strong base for the construction. It’s then compacted and leveled off. In some cases, it may be water bound. When done properly, it makes things easier in case you want to change the type of material in the future.

What are the Disadvantages of a Road Base Driveway?

The primary disadvantage of a road base driveway is that it’s bound to weather away over time due to extreme weather and traffic. In such a case, it may require regular maintenance and is also bound to suffer from water logging and dust buildup.

Are There Alternatives to a Road Base Driveway?

If you aren’t afraid of breaking your bank or you want a driveway to serve you for years to come, you should consider an asphalt surface. It’s usually poured in when hot and tends to last for many years. Moreover, it doesn’t need regular maintenance when installed properly.

Why Consider Asphalt Driveway for your Driveway

Using asphalt results in a smooth and regular surface that doesn’t require regular maintenance. It’s also highly durable. Moreover, it’s easier to work with because you can pour it on the bends without any trouble.
Unlike other materials which give way to extreme temperatures such as heat, asphalt is highly flexible and durable. One thing worth noting is that most contractors charge per footage to construct an asphalt driveway.

How do you Maintain an Asphalt Driveway?

Asphalt driveways are easy to maintain because, in most cases, only a small section or several sections will require repairs. In such a case, the area in question is scooped out, and new material is poured in. The surface is then leveled out and left to dry. This contrasts sharply with other types of driveways, say concrete, which may require the removal of the entire section before any repairs can begin.

Essentials in Constructing a Road Base Driveway

The following are the materials you’ll require when constructing a road base driveway:

  • The subgrade is also known as the base soil. If the soil is in good condition, it’s used as it is. If you discover it’s loose and can’t support the driveway, you may need to pour in compacted soil.
  • The sub-base comes on top of the soil and is usually crushed stones. It provides structural integrity to the driveway.
  • The base also consists of crushed stones but is smaller than the sub-base and is usually used to fill any voids.
  • The surfacing material is used to achieve a smoother surface. In addition to smoothening the driveway, it’s also used for aesthetic purposes.

What is the cost of Road Base?

The average cost of road base material is around $60 per cubic yard, minus delivery. At JPW Transport, our road base costs are higher, but that covers delivery, materials, and just an all-in-one service.

If you’re looking to construct a new driveway or remodel the one you have, you need a reliable partner. It’s not just about the type of material you use but also the expertise of the contractor. With over a decade of experience in the construction field, you can rest assured you’re in the right hands. Get in touch today!