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Cost of Gravel Driveway Installation

Gravel Driveway Cost

The cost of gravel driveway installation will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:

$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost

What size driveway do I want?

$ - Single car driveway

$$ - Two car driveway or larger

What type of gravel do I want?

$ - Recycled gravel or Recycled Asphalt Product (RAP)

$ - Standard self-binding gravel

$$ - Pea Gravel or pebble gravel

$$ - River stones

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What type of driveway do I need?

$ - When driveway will be flat and straight

$$ - When the driveway will have slopes and curves

Where will the new driveway be installed?

$ - When the gravel is installed over an existing driveway

$$ - When an existing driveway must be torn out

$$ - When there is no existing driveway and the surface needs to be leveled or sloped

How thick will the gravel be laid?

$ - When the driveway is only one layer

$$ - When the driveway has several layers of different size of gravel

What type of edging do I want?

$ - No edging

$ - Plastic or Wood

$$ - Stone blocks or bricks

$$ - Steel or aluminum edging

How far does the gravel need to be delivered?

$ - When the gravel is delivered within a 10 mile radius

$$ - When delivery is delivered from outside of a 10 mile radius

What type of preparation is needed before the gravel is installed?

$0 - When no preparation is needed and the driveway is ready for gravel

$$ - When weeds need to be pulled or bushes/trees needs to be removed

$$ - When a compacted base is laid under the gravel

$$ - When a grid or geoplastic fabric is laid under the gravel

Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the installation of the gravel driveway to take?

2. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

3. What type of gravel do you recommend?

4. How many layers of gravel need to be installed?

5. Does the existing driveway need to be torn out or can the gravel be laid on top of it?

5. Will the project require any scaling or excavation?

6. What type of maintenance does the driveway require?

7. Would you recommend installing a geotextile fabric under the gravel?

8. Would you recommend installing a grid system to stabilize the gravel?

9. Does a drainage system need to be installed with the gravel driveway?

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