- 1 All About Resin Drives
- 1.1 Driveways with gravel – possibilities
- 1.1.1 Appropriate construction a driveway
- 1.1.2 Creating A Resin Bound Gravel Drive
- 1.1 Driveways with gravel – possibilities
All About Resin Drives
Gravel is considered as a cost-effective covering for roads and driveways. Through a clever construction, the ground is as stable as a cobblestone path.
Driveways with gravel – possibilities
Whoever creates paths or driveways with gravel gives the house a Mediterranean touch. In some regions, an inlet with a resin bound driveway has a favorable effect on the waste water charges. Many municipalities charge fees for sealed areas where no water seeps. This advantage of gravel is counterbalanced: the material does not show trye and foot marks. This is prevented in several ways:
- Instead of gravel, chips are used, in which there are no footprints. Tire marks can not be avoided.
- So-called banquet gravel is a gravel-sand mixture, which also resists car tires.
- Crushed rock, a split sand mixture, is even more stable. It is suitable for foot and bicycle paths as well as for less traveled roads.
- To reinforce, honeycomb mats are installed – this solution is almost as stable as pavement.
- In the case of entrances with steep gradients, the mats are always required, so that loose gravel does not slip away.
Appropriate construction a driveway
The work and materials required for a proper substructure are nearly as expensive as a pavement. The costs are generally lower, because gravel filling takes less time than plastering. In addition, gravel is less expensive than paving stones.
- For the substructure the entrance is to be excavated up to a depth of at least 45 centimeters, with a garage entry 60 centimeters better.
- The edges must be provided with angle brackets so that the ground does not spread apart under the load of a vehicle.
- The substrate must be compacted and covered with a gravel layer of 30 to 48 centimeters. Gravel is an angular crushed material with a grain size between 32 and 63 millimeters.
- Spread a six centimeter thick layer of sand.
- This is covered with honeycomb mats, which have a height of 3.2 centimeters.
- This is followed by a gravel or grit bed, which covers the combs two centimeters thick.
Creating A Resin Bound Gravel Drive
Step 1: Define the use of your gravel driveway
Step 2: Draw your gravel driveway
Step 3: Soil
Step 4: Spread a sublayer ungraded
Step 5: Place a geotextile felt
Step 6: Cover your gravel path or drive
Step 7: Place a border along the aisle (optional)
Among the different types of garden pathways, the gravel driveway is the one that comes cheapest, very inexpensive if you build yourself. Be careful, however, before pouring the gravel, it is essential to prepare the foundations of your driveway: it is a meticulous and very physical work, especially if you want to build a driveway.
This fact sheet explains how to make a driveway gravel, whether pedestrian or vehicular, the former being the most simple, requiring no heavy machinery.
1. Set using your gravel driveway
Your gravel drive can be either pedestrian or vehicular:
Graveled driveway pedestrian: you can without too much trouble to do it yourself because it will not be necessary to disburse the ground to a great depth. Beware, however, of the volume and weight of the materials to be handled!
Graveled driveway passable: this type of driveway requires a significant disbursement of the soil, carrying a thick undercoat that will need to tamp well. These are jobs requiring physical strength and the use of a compactor roller, or even a mini-excavator.
2 Draw your gravel driveway
2. Rectilinear walkway
Materialize the boundaries on each side of the aisle with a chalk line so that your aisle is perfectly rectilinear.
With a meter, check that the edges are strictly parallel.
Materialize the boundaries on each side of the aisle with a flexible hose held at regular intervals by pegs.
With a meter, check in different places that the edges of the aisle are strictly parallel.
3. The Soil
Ground the entire surface of the aisle, making sure that the surface is as flat as possible.
Pedestrian walkway: use a shovel to dismount about 10 cm deep.
Driveable Driveway: Dispense with a shovel, or better a mini-excavator, about 25 cm deep.
Eliminate large roots of trees.
Equal the bottom of the excavation with the back of a rake.
Note: remember to retrieve the precious topsoil removed to later use in massive or other plantations.
4. Spread a sublayer ungraded
Note: given the amount of unsorted gravel and necessary, buy them by the ton in a career.
Begin by spreading at the bottom of your excavation a subsoil of all-coming 0-40 (crushed stone):
Layer of 8-9 cm for a pedestrian walkway (which will be reduced to about 6-7 cm once groomed);
Layer of 25 cm for a driveway (which will be reduced to about 20 cm once groomed roller compactor).
Dame this layer firmly:
Either with a garden roll or a cast iron lady for a pedestrian walkway;
Or with a roller compactor for a driveway.
To cover the voids between the stones, cover the whole with a thin layer of sand spread out on the rake.
5. Place a geotextile felt
Pull a geotextile felt over the entire surface of the aisle that:
Slow weed growth;
Prevent roots from rising;
Will prevent possible deformation of your driveway.
6. Cover your gravel path
Choose fairly fine gravel, but not too much: gravels of 6-20 offer a good compromise.
Load the gravel in a wheelbarrow and spread it as regularly as possible with a shovel.
Spread a layer neither too thin nor too thick (it would disappear quickly too fine, too thick it would make walking uncomfortable): a layer of 3 to 4 cm is ideal.
Namely: to a layer of 4 cm, count 1 m3 of gravel for a surface of 25 m².
Using a rake, rake the gravel to level the aisle.
Note: All about 3 years, it will be necessary to partially recharge your driveway gravel to maintain the original level.
7. Ask the driveway along the edge (optional)
If you wish, finish your driveway by laying a paved edge, which will contain the gravel and will finish your work aesthetically.
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