How to Install an Asphalt Driveway
By: Danny Lipford
Asphalt makes a great choice for a driveway since it’s low maintenance, durable, and less expensive than concrete. However, if you want to border the driveway with bricks, known as a rowlock, it can be difficult to lay and compact the asphalt right up against the brick edge.
Here’s how to go about laying an asphalt driveway bordered with a brick rowlock:
- Form Boards: Position form boards, held in place by stakes, to mark the outline of the driveway.
- Dig Footing: Dig a trench outside the form boards for a concrete footing for the brick.
- Pour Footings: Pour the concrete footing and allow it to set.
- Lay Border Brick: Lay the brick rowlock on the concrete footing, with one edge of the brick flush against the form boards.
- Grade Driveway: Grade the driveway surface flat and smooth to eliminate any peaks or valleys.
- Lay Asphalt: Lay the asphalt on the bulk of the driveway with a paving machine. Shovel asphalt by hand in the areas next to the brick rowlock to keep from staining or damaging the brick.
- Compact Asphalt: Compact the asphalt next to the brick rowlock by hand using a tamp, then compact the remaining asphalt in the driveway using a rolling machine. Cover the brick rowlock with plywood while rolling to protect it from damage.
Asphalt is a low maintenance surface, but sealer should be applied every few years to keep the asphalt driveway in good condition and extend its life.
Watch this video to find out more.
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