Base installation requires a lot of preparation. First, there needs to be excavation so the base is properly set and goes down smoothly. A good contractor will have a good understanding of the types of soil in your area. Different soil types can impact your project. Various types of soil respond differently to water, ice, snow, sun and weight.
Next, your contractor will set the grades, which is to check the elevation and slope of the site where you want to put down the base. There also needs to be a slope to drain away water. Wherever the slope goes, it should not allow water to pool up around other buildings.
Following the slope, goes the granular base; the foundation for the entire base installation. Without a properly installed and compacted gravel base, the site could have serious problems down the road.
In general, the base thickness is determined by how it will be used and the elements around it – weight of vehicles, drainage, water, type of soil and sediment, and climate.
Pavement usage is typically grouped into 4 categories:
- Sidewalks, paths and other paved places for people and bicycles
- Driveways for homes
- Parking lots and streets
- Loading docks, travel hubs (airports, bus stations, etc.)
Getting the proper surveying and foundations done, as well as preparation, is important for the long-term survival of any project that needs base installation. It is important to hire a professional who has experience. Hiring a quality professional can save time, frustration and money, especially in the years to come.
Call Hoerr’s Sealcoating Service toll free today at 309-222-2979, or contact us here to request a free quote on your project. We are proud to serve the Peoria, Bloomington, and Galesburg areas with the best quality base installation available on the market.