Not everyone can afford a fresh new asphalt paving. It's unfortunate, but certainly true in these uncertain economic times. Besides the cost of materials, laying asphalt requires the use of several pieces of heavy machinery that don't come cheap. However, the good news is that there's an alternative: pea gravel, Atlanta homeowners' best option for inexpensive driveways.
While not a perfect replacement for asphalt, pea gravel has several advantages of its own which make it appealing, especially to those on a budget.
An Overview of Using Pea Gravel Atlanta Suppliers
Pea gravel is simply small, pebble-sized chunks of rock, usually left over from quarrying and refining larger pieces of stone. It can be produced from virtually any quarried stone. In an area like Atlanta, with large quarries nearby as well as throughout Georgia, pea gravel prices can be quite cheap. Most of the cost just involves trucking it to your location.
The best way to lay down pea gravel is in beds at least 6 inches thick, preventing flooding during rains as well as weed growth, and lined with steel edges to stop runoff and loss of the gravel. Done properly, a pea gravel driveway or small parking lot can be nearly as long-lasting as asphalt, at a much smaller cost.
Here are some more benefits to hiring pea gravel Atlanta paving companies:
Easy maintenance: If some of the gravel is lost, simply pour in a new bag or two and rake it flat. Very little work is required after the initial laying.
Colorful: Unlike asphalt, pea gravel comes in a variety of colors and can be blended to produce unique, pleasing color combinations.
Environmentally-friendly: Asphalt can cause damage to nearby plants as well as create runoff problems. Since pea gravel absorbs rains and spills, it can help protect your lawn or landscaping from damage.
Self-binding: Some forms of pea gravel contain extra fine rock particles that actually help bond the gravel together over months of use. While it won't be as solid as asphalt, this helps keep your pea gravel lot in good condition, especially if it sees heavy use.
Pea gravel is an all-around good option for those who need a new driveway or parking lot but can't afford a full asphalt paving. If you think pea gravel is right for you, contact us for a free estimate!
Which do you prefer for your lots? Pea gravel or asphalt?