Driving gravel driveways is less costly than the majority of other kinds of the driveway. However, maintenance can be more expensive than stable pavements. In nearly all driveways, ruts can exist over time the problem may require more than just filling those ruts. The stability of a gravel driveway depends on its foundation. Below are some ways to stabilize your gravel driveway.
Prepare a Proper Bed for the Gravel
The driveways’ layers beneath the topmost gravel layer offer most of the support and stability to the driveway. Thus, building a stable driveway starts with properly preparing a bed for the gravel. To stabilize the driveway for a long term, dig down 8-12 inches below the driveway’s surface, take away all plant materials and roots and compact the soil using a plate compactor or roller. The compacted sub-grade layer should be laid over with a four-inch layer of coarse gravel. This layer must be properly compacted. Once the sub-base level and sub-grade are in place and fully compacted, the gravel’s to player will go down.
Consider Stabilizer Panels
When it comes to stabilizing gravel driveways, plastic stabilizer panels help in holding the gravel’s surface layer in place and ensure there isn’t any washout from the driveway. In general, these panels are composed of a honeycomb-like and polypropylene-made structure. Apart from holding the gavel, the honeycomb handles some of a load of cars on your driveway that can further help in reducing rutting.
Use Stabilization Fabrics
In case the deterioration of your driveway is not caused by improper sub-grade preparation, remove the gravel layers and place a layer of geotextile driveway fabric on top of the sub-grade layer. Such type of fabric works by keeping the sub-base and the layers of surface gravel separate from the sub-grade level. This minimizes rut and pothole formation. With this fabric, water can drain from the surface into the sub-grade soil.
Edge the Driveway
This can keep gravel in place. While a high-profile edge or curb along the sides of the driveway is quite desirable, a lightly humped or concave curb will decrease gravel migration. If you want gravel to stay in place, consider edging your driveway with brick or natural stone pavers.
Use a Permeable Paving Grid System
This system serves as a gravel stabilizer and creates ground reinforcement. Plus, maintenance will not be an issue with this option. When heavy traffic and maintenance labor and cost are a concern to you, you can depend on this system.