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An Introduction to Gravel Driveways

At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Indianapolis, IN, we see all kinds of different homes and driveways. In some of the more rural areas we service, gravel driveways are fairly common. We decided to show off some of the advantages they offer with this introduction to gravel driveways.

What Are The Components Of A Gravel Driveway?

Commercially available gravel is actually more than just simple gray rock. It’s usually a mixture of rock, clay, and sand that compacts well into a fairly even surface. Gravel is typically anything in the range between the size of cobblestones and actual sand, which also helps it compact down.

A gravel driveway is typically just a trail of loose gravel spread from the roadway to your garage door. However, you can choose a few ways of sprucing this up a bit, like using large stones or railroad ties as borders on either side. You can also use a different size, grade, and color of gravel to give a different look based on your need.

How Long Do Gravel Driveways Usually Last?

One of the advantages of gravel driveways is their extreme durability and long life. A properly laid gravel driveway can actually last up to a century, given the right circumstances. As with all types of driveways, the better care you take of your gravel driveway, the more life you’re going to get out of it.

How Do I Take Care Of My Gravel Driveway?

In addition to being long-lasting, gravel driveways are also remarkable low-maintenance. Because they are composed of loose material, you never have to worry about it cracking. You don’t have to worry about water erosion damage too much because the water just flows right through it.

The best thing you can do to take care of your gravel driveway is to simply go easy on it when driving over it. You don’t have to drive like you’re on a frozen pond, but don’t accelerate or brake too quickly and kick gravel around. As much as possible, try to kick stray rocks back onto the driveway whenever you see them lying around. Occasionally, you may have to fill in sinkholes or re-grade the driveway.

What’s This Going To Cost Me?

Gravel driveways are very popular in part because of their very low cost compared to asphalt or concrete driveways. You can get one done for under $1 per square foot, or really splurge and still only get to about $3 per square foot. This means the average gravel driveway that’s 50 feet long will run you about $1,800 total. Of course, there are ways to even bring that small amount down.

The bulk of the cost of a gravel driveway is actually in the installation and not in the materials. You can actually do much of the work yourself: ripping up the topsoil, compacting the underlying dirt, and even spreading the gravel. Depending on the cost of gravel near you, and how far you have to get it trucked, you could possibly get the cost below $1,000.

New Driveway, New Door

Once you get that beautiful new gravel driveway in place, you may decide to upgrade your garage door as well. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Indianapolis, Indiana is ready to take your call today. Whether you’re in the market for an all-new door, or just need a garage door repair, give us a call right away!

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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