When it comes to asphalt driveway paving, the materials you use are only part of the story. The way your driveway is built also plays a big role in its durability and performance. This is especially true when it comes to driveway drainage. Poor drainage on and around your driveway can lead to standing water, weakening it and leaving it susceptible to cracking and potholes. Today, Atkins Paving wants to share a few tips on how you can improve driveway drainage at your property.

  1. Consider adding swales – Depending on your landscape, you might need to try the trench approach to tackling drainage problems. Driveway swales are subtle impressions that are made in the ground near your driveway. These direct the water off your driveway and down any slopes in the surrounding landscape. This is a direct approach that may work well for you.
  2. Updating your driveway? Think about placement and design – If you’re repaving or expanding your driveway, or installing one for the first time at a new home, think about the placement. The surrounding landscape can greatly affect how your driveway drains water. Placing the entryway on a downward slope will push the water away from your house or other structures. The design of your driveway may also make a difference.
  3. Consider your driveway’s materials – If you’ve taken preventative measures to improve your drainage and nothing has worked, take a look at the materials used in your driveway. Concrete driveways, for example, are very porous and retain water very easily. By comparison, an asphalt driveway will be better able to ease the flow of water around your property.

To learn more about driveway drainage, contact Atkins Paving. We provide full-service asphalt driveway paving in Charlotte, Rock Hill, and surrounding areas of North and South Carolina.