What you need to know about edging before you have work done on your driveway.

Driveway Edging Considerations 

The main function of driveway edging is to create a border between your asphalt driveway and lawn and or to keep loose stone on a gravel driveway contained. Another use is to channel water to limit erosion on driveways on an incline. Belgian Blocks are the most common material and can be installed in a variety of ways to create something unique. Other options are metal edging and asphalt curbing, but do to our location and severity of our winters these types of edging are prone to problems. Granite curbing is the most durable and unique.  Many driveways are installed with no edging the lawn grows right up to the edge of the asphalt. Regardless of the type of driveway edging you install, you should choose material that matches the appearance and the décor of your home's exterior and landscape. 

Raised Driveway Edging                    

  • Raised driveway edging is designed to extend above the height of your driveway and usually creates a border for protecting both your driveway and lawn.

  • You can use larger pieces of Belgian block to create beautiful granite driveway edging for your driveway. This type of curbing can be installed with cement joint or without.

  • An asphalt curb will functionally serve the same purpose as a granite curb, but does not hold up to the abuse of a snow plow as well.

  • Four inch wide granite curbing come in lengths from two feet long to ten feet long. It has a longer lead time and unfortunately is the most expensive.

 Flush Driveway Edging 

  • You can use Belgian block, brick or pavers along your asphalt driveway edges to provide contrasting color that easily identifies the border between your lawn and your driveway. Metal edging also provides a crisp clean line.

  • If you want to make your driveway edging really noticeable, consider installing two rows of edging material on either side of your driveway. This will create a wider border and make your driveway stand out more.

  • For an aesthetically pleasing option that is unique, you can use a stone gutter which can be comprised of Belgian blocks or stone set in concrete with a “u” pattern on both sides of the driveway.

Hopefully this will help you make the decision that is right for you, and as always we invite you to share your comment or suggestions. Please call on our professional staff to provide your with a proposal for your driveway paving project in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Westport.

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Why you should ask your contractors for insurance?

Here are some reasons you really need to make sure your contractor is insured and carried workman’s comp. 


1. The contractor or one of their employees gets hurt on the job.

You hire someone to pave your driveway. One of the employees of the company gets hurt on your property. If the contractor you hired does not have worker's compensation insurance for that employee you may be responsible for the medical bills for that injury. While your homeowners insurance usually has some built in worker's compensation, it is much better to have the contractor have his own in place.

2. A competent contractor will always be insured.

People who run their businesses well want to be properly insured. They are professionals who take pride in their work and want to stand by the work they do. A quality company will always want their customers to know they are responsible and want to have the proper insurance in place.

3. You are responsible if damage occurs to your neighbor's property.

You contractor someone to pave your driveway and they knock down a tree. The tree falls, it falls and crushes your neighbor’s car. You are responsible for that damage unless the contractor has liability insurance.

Protect yourself and the work you have done by taking a few minutes more to make sure your contractor has a certificate of insurance. While it can take a little longer, you will be grateful in the end if something goes wrong that you asked for it! 

 

Can I resurface my existing driveway?


If your existing driveway is still in good shape, but needs to be updated, resurfacing is a good
option.  Asphalt or oil & stone can be applied over the existing surface giving an instantly new 
and updated look.
It should be noted though; resurfacing is only as good as the base you’re covering.  If new 
asphalt is placed over existing cracked asphalt, in a short time, the new asphalt will crack too.  With 
that in mind, we do not recommend placing asphalt over existing concrete, as the two materials 
have different expansion and contraction rates in extreme weather.  Adding oil & stone over the 
top of an existing asphalt or concrete driveway can dramatically change the look.  Many sizes 
and color options are available, depending upon the stone type chosen.