Driveway Resurfacing: Switching To Pavers

If you're looking to give the exterior of your home or business a new look, resurfacing your driveway from asphalt to pavers can help you achieve your goal. When resurfacing your asphalt driveway with pavers, it's critical to pay attention to details.

Here are some steps to take when resurfacing your asphalt driveway with pavers.

Removing, Leveling, and Preparing

Resurfacing your driveway with pavers is a beautiful and durable way to update the look of your home. However, if the resurfacing job is done poorly, your pavers might not last and/or cause drainage problems.

  • Prepping: to prepare the surface of your driveway for resurfacing, remove any existing driveway material, this might involve using a jackhammer or similar tool. When removing the existing driveway, make sure you break the asphalt to the base layer. This will dislodge any of the asphalt that might have adhered to the subsurface when poured.
  • Leveling: to prevent water from pooling in low spots, be sure to level your driveway and clear away all debris.  If you find that the surface beneath the driveway is uneven, you might need to add filler dirt and/or devise a drainage solution with a resurfacing contractor.

Installing, Layering, Filling, and Sealing

Resurfacing a driveway with pavers is a little like putting a puzzle together. In addition to making sure your pavers fit snuggly, you will need to add layers of base material to allow moisture to percolate and drain.

  • Create a Base: when creating a base layer for a driveway, use materials like crushed stone or gravel, followed by a layer of sand. When the base layer is level and even, use a compacting tool to compress it, which will allow setting.
  • Paver Puzzling: when building your paver puzzle, work your way from one end toward the other end. A rubber mallet can be used to gently tap the pavers into place and ensure a secure fit.
  • Create a Pattern: you can create a simple, linear pattern, or a more complex, decorative pattern using different shapes and sizes of pavers.
  • Fill in the Cracks: when the pavers are in place, fill the joints between the pavers with sand. Use a broom to sweep the sand into the joints and compact it firmly.
  • Seal: now that your pavers are in place, apply a sealant to the surface of the pavers to protect them from the elements and prevent weed growth.

With these steps, you can successfully resurface your driveway with pavers and add a stylish and durable touch to your home.