Depending on the type of driveway you go for and the size of your plot, installation may take a couple days to a couple of weeks. Regardless of the time taken the below steps should be taken by you contractor to ensure the project runs as smooth as possible.
Decide on the driveway you want
If you have an idea of the driveway surface you would like for the front of your property, you can create a shortlist of company you would like to receive quotes from. It is important to aim for companies that have particular specialisms installing driveways using the material you want.
Aim to receive around three quotes from reputable business in your local area. Make sure the quotes are on a line by line basis and include total costs including VAT.
Plan and schedule
Review the quotes and make sure you choose the contractor that has evidenced they will do a good job using quality materials. This doesn't necessarily have to be the cheapest quote.
Once signed up - the contractor will now agree a plan and schedule for when the materials should be received and when work can start. This would also be the time when any last minute adjustments can happen, be it adding an extra wall or drainage.
Depending on the driveway you are having, the contractor may start work prior the materials are received by clearing out what is in the forecourt, which will prepare the ground for you driveway surface.
Work in progress
Once the material has been received the contractor will install your driveway. Depending on the material, size and complexity this could take a few days to a few weeks. The timeline would have initially been agreed with you during the plan and schedule stage.
Some surface like block paving need a few days to set before a car can be sat on it, during this period the contractor will do final checks to ensure your driveways has been installed with the highest standards.
There are a number of steps to be considered, however, a good contractor will let you know everything including timescales in advance to ensure you are clear what is happening at every stage of the build.
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