Welcome to the Richard’s Paving residential paving page. When you think about your home, you might not realize your driveway is the first thing people notice when they pull in to visit. Many people don’t think about it, but a gravel driveway can erode, become muddy, move around, and sink. Plus, a gravel driveway can make ice removal difficult and that’s important here in Central, VA since we’re famous for ice storms.
Furthermore, if you have an existing but old and cracking asphalt driveway, ignoring it or patching is only a temporary fix. The older your driveway becomes the more likely cracks and potholes will develop, and this will increase erosion. We’ve had clients whose driveway was literally eroding before their eyes after a nasty storm. Your driveway is just like anything else. The longer you wait to do something about it, the more expensive and expansive the repair or resurfacing can be.
If your driveway is gravel or has developed cracks, rain and wind can speed up erosion, wash stones into the yard, and make ice removal difficult or dangerous.
Livability is a key factor when determining the value of your home. When your driveway looks cracked, eroded, and unsafe, it will bring down your home's market value.
Driveways that have cracks and potholes are a major tripping hazard for your family. If the driveway is uneven and has potholes it can also damage vehicle's alignment.
If cracks and potholes develop where the driveway meets the home, it can allow rainwater to get into the subsurface and damage your home's foundation.
You can even repair small cracks and potholes yourself which makes it more cost-effective (although we don’t recommend it without experience).
Regular sealcoating is also less labor-intensive and ensures an asphalt driveway lasts 20+ years.
Finally, an asphalt driveway is a huge step up from a gravel one. A gravel driveway can wash out due to weather resulting in potholes. This gravel then has to be consistently moved and put back.
Our schedule is filling up fast and you don’t want to miss out on fixing that asphalt before the holidays!