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Widening Your Driveway

A little extra space in your home is not a bad idea at all, and that’s why a driveway is important.


You might need to widen your driveway for a number of different reasons; maybe because you bought a new, bigger car, or you have a new car, and you need some extra space, or maybe you have a truck.


It would be best if you had a bigger driveway to accommodate it. Or maybe the driveway is too short and you’d like it to be longer.


But before you go on to widen your driveway, here are some things you need to know about widening your driveway.



Before Widening Your Driveway

Make sure it’s not against the rules and regulations of your state or city

Don’t just go making changes to your home or surroundings without making sure it’s not against the rules of your state or city.


You don’t want to take on a project that will cause you problems later. So make sure that widening your driveway is allowed in your state or city.


Expansion joints are important

If you expand your driveway without an expansion joint, your new driveway will likely crack, especially with concrete driveways.


Expansion joints give room for expansion and contraction of the concrete due to the environment’s changes in temperature and humidity.


Quality over cost

Widening your driveway can be expensive, depending on the type of material you choose to use.


Although there are cheaper options, it’s best to go for more durable options because cheaper methods like gravel expansions are temporary and would have to be renewed often.


What Does It Cost To Widen A Driveway?

The cost of widening your driveway would vary depending on the type of material you want to use and how much of it you need to get your desired result.


Permeable pavers are the most expensive, more so for their ability to allow water to drain properly. While gravel is the cheapest material for widening your driveway, it is not as durable as the other options.



Benefits of Widening Your Driveway

You must have asked yourself how much you stand to gain by widening your driveway. Here are some of the benefits


Parking your vehicle is easier

With a wider or bigger driveway, you don’t have to squeeze your vehicle into a small space or struggle to get the car properly parked, but with a bigger driving space, you have enough room to park your vehicle properly.


More space

Expanding your driveway gives you more room to park your car, and if you have more than one car, you’d also be able to fit it in there. You also won’t have to worry about where to park your vehicle if you have a van or truck.


Aesthetic value

You can do more than pour concrete over your driveway. With the best driveway designers available, you can have your driveway looking beautiful with a variety of colors and designs.


Need a bigger driveway? Reach out to Oakes Paving now for an estimate!