STEP 1: Excavation
Excavate to a depth of 150mm below the finished level for normal driveways and 180mm for driveways which will take heavy vehicles. Excavate any soft areas of sub-grade and fill these areas with compacted sub-base material. Treat the sub-grade with weed killer if needed.
A geo-membrane can be laid on top of the sub-grade to prevent the sub-base sinking into the sub-grade.
Build any edgings before the sub-base is laid to help stop the spread of sub-base and gravel.
STEP 2: Sub-Base
Lay and compress the sub-base with a roller or wacker plate to measure 100mm. For areas that will bear heavy vehicles, lay and compact the sub-base to measure 150mm.
For domestic drives the sub base should be granular sub-base material.
For commercial areas the sub base should be hardcore.
Cross section of a gravel driveway
STEP 3: Gravel
Lay and compact top layer of gravel to a depth of 40mm. A variety of sizes and types of gravel can be used, depending on customer preference. Compact the gravel to help it settle.
STEP 4: Maintenance
Gravel can be topped up from time to time and treated with weed killer.
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