The Importance of Grading and Excavation in Driveway Construction

The perfect driveway doesn’t begin with quality paver choices or softscape additions, although those are important decisions to make. It actually starts with choosing the right experts in the San Clemente, CA, area who understand what’s involved in the excavation and construction of a quality, long-lasting driveway.

Grading and Excavation

Grading and excavation go hand in hand, of course, in constructing a driveway that is durable and hard-wearing—the priority is getting the area prepped for a driveway that will be able to fully withstand the daily pressures of weather, water, and consistent use. You need a compact surface, free of obstacles, that prevents soil erosion and provides a solid foundation for the kind of driveway that residential and commercial property owners will appreciate for years to come.


Grading at a Glance

The Importance of Grading and Excavation in Driveway Construction

While it won’t stop all soil erosion, professional grading does curb the effects. Surface and subsurface drains are used in tandem to garner the best results. The type of grading needed is determined based on the type of soil, how much water the property takes on, the construction magnitude of your project, and so on. Consultation with grading contractors who know their stuff will help you to avoid wasting valuable time and resources—for example, you do not want to end up with the wrong grading patterns for a particular project.

Don’t expect that what will work for one property will for another. Your consultation can help you determine exactly what’s needed. For example, a hilly property can be challenging and require a different grading solution than a flatter property that may need a shallow swale, a v-shape ditch that guides away from the property.

Prior to Excavation

Before excavation can even begin, a site survey as well as site clearing need to take place. All of these proactive steps help professional excavators know what area is meant to be excavated—the exact position of your project. While some clearing may require specialized equipment, other properties need basic clearing for excavation to begin.

Other preparatory steps that are important to a successful excavation project include a soil density check and a geotechnical report on varying soil properties. The former lets you know if the soil will be able to accommodate the driveway structure and the equipment needed to construct it, as well as its ability to absorb water. A seemingly simple test like this can be the difference between having a driveway that stands on solid ground and one that won’t be able to handle the pressure of regular use because of foundation issues. In that case, it may need to be reinforced before construction can even begin. As for the geotechnical report, it includes the soil density results and gives your design team a good idea of how to move forward with your project.

Use Experts

Both grading and excavation require careful up-front planning. The experts at D.L. Hickman & Son Inc. can help you consider the many possible issues that may arise and plan for them. We can put our extensive knowledge, from decades of experience, to work for you, so that you can move forward with the driveway you have promised to deliver.