Your driveway is a functional element to provide accessibility to your home and outbuildings while at the same time presenting an attractive and secure welcome to your property. Whether you’re developing a brand new piece of land or if you need to upgrade an existing and possibly problematic driveway, our professional team at Excavation Oregon is here to help you every step of the way.
Why proper driveway excavation is essential.
Novice landowners often think installing a driveway is as easy as ordering a truckload or two of gravel and smoothing it over the existing ground. These installations will quickly erode, create drainage issues, and be costly in the long run. Instead, the soil should be appropriately excavated, including grading, installing drainage systems, and applying a sound base foundation.
Most land isn’t flat. Whether the property is filled with bumps and hills or follows along a steep slope on a mountainside, the first step is to map out a functional driveway and grade the land to ensure a smooth and driveable finish.
Whenever land is moved, natural drainage patterns are disrupted. Poor drainage can create puddling or even wipe out sections of the driveway. Our professional team will evaluate the impact of the driveway to natural drainage and install the correct systems to manage water flow, such as trenches, drainpipes, and swales.
Just like the foundation on a house, this base creates the stability needed to handle the weight of gravel and all the vehicular traffic. Building a foundation correctly is another critical step to prevent rutting, water puddling, and erosion. In many areas, a proper driveway will require four to eight inches of gravel or asphalt; however, since clay soils have more difficulty achieving drainage, more rock may be necessary. Your excavation team will evaluate the soil conditions to determine the right amount of material to provide a solid base.
Don’t build on top of a lousy driveway.
If you already have a driveway on your property that isn’t functioning correctly, resist the urge to simply dump more gravel on the top. More than likely, you will get more out of your investment by having the original driveway removed with excavation and then installing a new driveway that’s properly planned and built.
If getting home is becoming a challenge, ask Excavation Oregon about installing a new driveway.
End your frustration with a simple call to Excavation Oregon. We will assess your property and help you design a plan to improve its functionality. We’re a small family business that knows Oregon land and understands the laws and requirements for excavating property for home development. Our team at Excavation Oregon will assess your site and develop a plan for creating all your needs during home construction. Contact us today for more information and a free quote.