The size of your driveway may have been just fine when you moved into your house, but whether you have purchased a recreational vehicle that needs to be parked, such as a motor home or boat, or have family members who have just learned how to drive, your driveway may now seem cramped. If you are in this type of situation, a driveway widening project may be the solution to your problem.

Widening a driveway is a great way to add extra usable space in your front yard and can also help boost your home’s curb appeal. If you’re thinking about having your driveway widened, consider the following things:

Overall Cost

Expanding the size of your current driveway is not a job that you should try to do yourself if you want professional results. It is in your best interest to hire an experienced paving contractor who is licensed and insured. While you may only want to widen your driveway by several feet on one or both sides, this type of project requires excavation to ensure that the driveway is level, so it is not necessarily inexpensive.

Materials

When it comes to making your driveway larger, you are not limited to just one type of material. Most homes have concrete driveways, and you can choose to use concrete to expand your driveway. One of the downsides of widening a concrete driveway with concrete is the fact that there may be quite a contrast in color and appearance between a newly poured concrete addition and the original concrete, especially if the original driveway has a lot of stains.

You can also opt to use asphalt when making the size of your driveway bigger, but this type of material does have some cons. The color difference between asphalt and concrete can be quite extreme, and it is not the most visually appealing combination. Asphalt also needs time to cure before it can be parked on, and since asphalt is relatively soft it can be damaged easily.

If you want to add extra room to your driveway while also improving the overall look of the exterior of your home, using pavers is an excellent choice. Pavers are available in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can work with your contractor to design a driveway addition that is unique and aesthetically pleasing. Using wholesale driveway pavers can help keep the cost down so the project doesn’t have to cost much more than choosing to use asphalt or concrete.

Drainage

Before moving forward with a project to make your driveway wider, it is important to think about the drainage in the area where you want to put the driveway addition. If the area slopes away from your house, there should not be any problems. But if the area slopes towards your house, adding a driveway may lead to flooding issues after heavy rain.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t expand your driveway if there are drainage problems, but you will have to work with your contractor to find solutions. A drainage swale along the side of the driveway addition or a drain across the driveway can eliminate drainage problems, but they will also increase the cost of the project.

If you’re interested in learning more about widening your driveway, please give us a call at 866-735-3543. At Cricket Pavers, we pride ourselves on providing the best driveway pavers in Miami.