If your old asphalt driveway needs to be torn out and replaced because it's beyond repair, you may be wondering how long the process will take. While it can be an inconvenience when you don't have a driveway, you won't have to put up with work crews very long. The actual work doesn't take too long, but you may have delays between the steps. Here's a look at how long various stages of having an asphalt driveway installed could take.
Planning And Obtaining Permits Takes Time
The residential paving contractor will take a look at your property to give you an estimate for the cost of the removal and replacement. Once that's done, the appointment is scheduled. Before work can begin, the contractor has to obtain a permit from the city and have the underground utility lines marked. These things could take several days to complete. Also, the weather might affect when the work begins on the driveway, so the work may be scheduled for a few weeks later.
Removing The Old Driveway Is Quick Work
Breaking up the old driveway and hauling it off is a quick job that can often be done in a day depending on the length of your driveway. When that's done, the contractor can examine the soil base more closely to see what types of repairs it needs.
Repairing The Base Might Take Time
In order for your driveway to have a long life, the soil and gravel base under it needs to be compacted and sturdy. If the base is in good shape, this step may not take much time at all. If the base needs a lot of work, that could add several days to the job. One thing that matters is the type of soil on your property. It has to be compacted until it no longer gives when a roller moves over it. Certain types of soil need a longer settling time.
Pouring The Driveway Goes Fast
Once the base is ready for the hot asphalt, work goes fast after that. The driveway can usually be poured and compacted in a single day since this work is usually done by large machines. Even if the work is complete by the end of the day, you may not be allowed to park on the surface for a few days until the asphalt has cured. The weather factors into how soon you can use your driveway, and following the advice of the paving contractor could save you from leaving marks on the asphalt.
The time you get an estimate for the job until the asphalt is ready for driving and parking could be a matter of weeks. Things that make it difficult to estimate a precise time include the weather, the amount of work the base needs, and how long it takes the city to provide a permit.
For more information, contact a company like New England Paving.