Depending on the size of your forecourt, your new driveway might be an expensive addition to your property, however, given the investment in improving the look of the front of your home should last at least a couple of decades if you regularly maintain it. Due to the longevity of any new driveway surface it is important that you consider the below steps to avoid having the redo the driveway in a couple of years’ time.
Ensuring there is sufficient drainage from your driveway is incredibly important, as depending on the surface you go for, heavy rainfall can cause large puddles of standing water that may lead to flooding. Concrete and tarmac are the main causes for concern as they are both impermeable surfaces that will require sufficient run off to reduce the likelihood of flooding. It is possible to get permeable concrete blocks, however as this is a relatively new technology, expect this to come at a high cost.
Unknown Material Costs
If you know the material you would like, be it tarmac, block paving, concrete etc. make sure you do your research into the quality and cost of each component so you have a rough idea what the materials costs will be at retail prices. What you should see if the actual cost in the quote is lower as your driveway contractor is able to access the materials at trade prices. If you find the quote is higher than you expect, ask the contractor why this is the case - it might be that it is cheaper for you to buy the materials yourself and just pay for the labour costs of the installation.
One line quotes
Be very careful of a quote that isn't broken down line by line, i.e. each component of the driveway installation needs to be costed line for line so it is clear where your money is going. This serves two purposes, the first is as the customer, you are clear where you money is going and you can maybe negotiate prices of individual components / additions. Secondly, once the price is agreed you have locked in the price the contractor has to work towards, therefore this prevents any surprises for example if you see the materials bill increasing by 20% above the original quoted price.
As you can see there are a number of aspects to avoid to make sure you can rest easy that you are getting a quality driveway at a fair price.
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