Should You Lay Concrete Kerbs & Gutters along Driveway’s Edge

Should You Lay Concrete Kerbs & Gutters along Driveway’s Edge

For many homeowners, the value derived from laying concrete kerbs and gutters along the driveway’s length seems to be a mystery, hard to understand. This blog post aims at imparting the understanding as to why it is important to lay concrete kerbs and gutters along your driveway’s edge. 

Compaction

An appropriately build driveway foundation for asphalt surface needs that the base is heavily compacted, which is normally done using mechanised rollers. If the foundation edges aren’t restricted, it would get hard if not impossible, to compact the edges correctly, as the base will try to stretch out as it is being compacted. Thus, when you install kerbs, the foundation remains restricted and so it will compact appropriately.

Let’s take a couple of examples to help understand the process:

  • Driveway foundation material compacted without having a kerb in place:

When your driveways’ compaction is done without a kerb in place, the foundation material will move sideways and spread itself. 

  • Driveway foundation material being compacted with a kerb in place:

When your driveways’ compaction is performed with a kerb in place, the foundation material won’t spread sideways instead, it will go straight down as intended.  

Well, the same applies to the asphalt surface. At some point, it becomes essential to compact asphalt and if the edges of the asphalt aren’t restricted, the asphalt will stretch out rather than being firmly compacted. A driveway that has a fittingly compacted foundation and asphalt surface layer is less vulnerable to crack beneath the weight of moving vehicles.

Drainage

Driveways should be built a bit slanted so that it facilitates proper drainage for rainwater. Nevertheless, a correctly slanted driveway will also have some rainwater moving over the driveway’s sides. Besides, rainwater landing on the landscaping close to the driveway will have water sinking in the foundation layer. 

Kerbs and gutters provide a channel and direct the rainwater safeguarding it from sinking in and saturating the base layer. Remember, water sinking in the asphalt surface layer causes potholes.

Functionality

When kerbs and gutters are installed, it will safeguard asphalt’s edge from damage that can be caused by moving vehicles. Vehicles driving or parking very close to the edge of an asphalt driveway can cause the edges to collapse beneath the weight. The kerb holds the asphalt pavement in its place, even if a vehicle rides over or parks on the asphalt’s surface edge. 

Moreover, the kerb and/ or gutter set the limit for the driveway’s surface and as precaution individuals won’t drive near the driveway’s edge having a kerb. It’s easy to define landscaping on both sides of a driveway having kerbs. As the kerb provides a physical impediment, driveway lighting is shielded to some extent from potential vehicle damage when placed on the landscape side of the kerb. 

Aesthetically Pleasing Looks

A driveway with kerbs looks cleaner and tidier than a driveway without any defining components. Furthermore, a driveway with kerbs lends aesthetically pleasing looks. 

Who will lay concrete kerbs and gutters professionally?

You can get in touch with the specialist service provider for kerb and gutter installation, as well as, for concrete kerb and garden edging. 

Final Words 

By laying concrete kerb and/or gutter along the driveway’s edge, you’ll increase the ability for appropriate compaction of both the base and asphalt’s surface layer. Besides, the driveway will shield its edges from vehicles, lowering possible damage and get proper drainage as well. Above all, this will significantly increase the life of your asphalt driveway and boost the loveliness of your home.

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