With the immense amount of DIY videos and television shows out today, you might think that paving is an easy project to accomplish. With spring around the corner, you may be already contemplating what projects you are going to tackle when the weather warms up and paving your driveway might be one of them. You may also be thinking, should I hire a professional paving contractor? Capital Paving & Sealcoating is a professional paving contractor near Gambrills, Maryland, and we are here to answer that question for you today.
Can I pave my own driveway?
You may be tempted to take on the project of paving your driveway or parking area at home, but let me ask you a question, do you have the proper equipment or expertise to do so?
Paving with asphalt is not merely throwing down the paving material and waiting for it to set up so you can drive on its surface. It may look simple, but it requires knowledge of paving materials, how to mix them, and heavy equipment to complete a paving project.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Paving Contractor
To begin with, the number one benefit of hiring a paving contractor is that they are covered by insurance. If something is damaged, someone gets hurt, or something else goes wrong, it will be covered. Take a moment and imagine if you have a friend or two over to your home and they get hurt during the project, who will have to cover their expenses? You, as the homeowner would have to cover any damage to persons or property.
Additionally, the equipment involved to heat and apply an asphalt mixture properly is expensive and requires knowledge to operate. Of course, you can rent some equipment such as a dump truck and roller, but by the time you invest in learning it and returning it, you have lost money. A professional contractor already has the equipment you need and can operate quickly and efficiently. Besides, some of the tools and equipment require a license to use on-site.
Knowledge and expertise are crucial to completing an asphalt paving job that will last. For example, a professional paving contractor will know how to grade an area for water run-off accurately and what kind of subbase is needed and how thick it will need to be. If you attempt to pave your driveway, you will be experimenting and will be more prone to making costly mistakes. If we make a mistake in paving someone’s driveway or parking lot, we can quickly fix the issue at our cost.
Hiring someone else to pave your driveway is going to save you time. Everyone’s time is valuable, and paving your own drive will take time away from what you enjoy doing most. Professional contractors have the equipment and staff to finish paving jobs quickly and efficiently. What could take you a week to complete on your own we could achieve in a day.
Finally, a paved driveway is going to require maintenance every 3-5 years through sealcoating.
Sealcoating, also known as pavement sealing, is the process of applying a protective layer of binder to keep out elements such as water, oils, UV damage, and more. The adhesive that holds asphalt together, which is petroleum-based, does break down over time. Applying sealcoating replenishes this binder and restores the deep rich luster of black to your aging pavement while extending its lifespan.
When you hire a professional paving contractor to complete your driveway, they can advise you on the unique needs of your pavement. Then when the time comes, they can come back and help you maintain your drive for as long as you own the property.
Overall, paving may look straightforward, and there are resources available online and elsewhere that can show anyone how to pave, but Capital Paving & Sealcoating suggests you hire a professional contractor like ourselves. If you have any questions concerning getting your driveway paved, contact us today to get a free quote!