The most exposed part of your asphalt driveway is the edge, which is more likely to experience high rates of wear and tear. If you want to protect this edge and extend its overall life, you should install pavers. Not only will the pavers make your driveway look classier, they will help protect it as well.
Choosing The Material
You can use just about any type of paving that you would like to line your driveway. Cobblestone pavers tend to be heavier and are the sturdiest choice. However, you can also use brick or concrete pavers as well. The key is to choose a style of paver that you find visually appealing.
Gather Your Supplies
You are going to need to have a little experience with power tools in order to complete this job. You will also need the following materials:
- Cutoff Saw (Handheld)
- Brick Chisel
- Heavy Duty Hammer
- Small Garden Shovel or Spade
- Ready Mix Concrete
- Spare Tub Or Bucket
- Stirring Tool
- Pavers Of Your Choice
- Rubber Mallet
- Mason's Trowel
Set Up Your Work Area
Use the chalk you purchased to mark off your work area. You'll want your pavers to go as close as possible to the edge of your driveway.
If your asphalt does not allow for you to evenly install pavers around your driveway, you can cut through the asphalt. You can cut through the asphalt to make an even edge for your pavers using a handheld cutoff saw. You will need to purchase or rent a diamond blade for this project. Use the handheld saw to cut along your chalk line. You can use a chisel and a heavy duty hammer to chip away at any excess asphalt that you are not able to smoothly cut it away with your handheld cutoff saw.
If you don't have a handheld cutoff saw, you can rent one from your local home improvement store. Most home improvement stores will also give you a short tutorial on how to use the saw if you ask.
Dig The Trench For The Pavers
In order to protect your driveway, your pavers need to go into the ground around the edge of your driveway. This will help protect the asphalt from water and wear and tear. Only a portion of the pavers will be shown.
You are going to need to dig a trench for the pavers. Ideally, about half of the paver should be underground. Measure your pavers and divide the height in half. Your trench should be at least that deep, plus an extra inch for the concrete that will hold the pavers in place.
The width of your trench should be about twice as wide as the width of your pavers. This will allow you to pour concrete around your pavers to keep them in place.
Once you have dug the trench using your lines all around your driveway, you are going to want to create a system to make sure that your pavers are level after you put down the concrete. You can do this using wood stakes and string. Place wood stakes next to the trench and tie a string between each stake at the height you want your pavers to be. This guide will help you keep everything level as you work.
Prepare The Concrete
Once you have the trench prepared, it is time for you to mix the concrete. You will need an old bucket or container to mix the concrete in, as well as something to stir with and something to scoop the concrete out with. Follow the mixing instruction on the bag of concrete.
Once the concrete is mixed up, use a shovel or spade to pour the concrete into the trench. The concrete only needs to be about an inch thick.
Set The Pavers In Place
Immediately after you pour the concrete, you need to set the pavers in place. This process will go more smoothly if you have someone assist you with installing the pavers. Push each paver into the concrete mixture. Use the height line you created to help you install the pavers evenly. You may want to use a rubber mallet to tap the pavers into place. Make sure they are as close to your driveway as possible.
Pour The Rest Of The Concrete
Once the pavers are set in place, you are going to want to pour the rest of the concrete in between the pavers. You just need a little bit to secure the pavers in place and create a drainage system.
Use your tools to create a light angle to the pavement. This will help water drain from the area and flow down to the street.
Repeat the process of pouring concrete, setting pavers, and backing up the concrete until you are done. Once you are done, let everything sit and cure for a week. Then, you can go back in and fill the area behind the pavers where the concrete is with dirt or mulch. You can also plant flowers next to your pavers. You can do the vast majority of this project in a day, or you can break up the steps over multiple days. Not only will the pavers protect your driveway, they will make your driveway look classier as well.
For more information about landscaping projects, contact a company like L & L Excavation & Landscaping.