Our advice for making your driveway in front of your garage
Access to the garage commonly turns into a quagmire when the weather is bad. To remedy this, nothing like a hard driveway, which, moreover, will give style to your exterior.
Why make a hard access to my garage?
Access plays a practical role. They must therefore be solid and well designed. They also have an aesthetic vocation and therefore participate directly in the style of the landscape ordered around them. Although the shortest distance between two points is the straight line, the paths of a garden may well derogate from this rule. Sometimes it's nicer to draw a curve than a straight line.
What materials for my garage access?
The gravel The gravelled paths are the most ordinary. The gravel is suitable when you want a discreet driveway. It is better to choose river gravel, taking care to calculate the quantities necessary to avoid color differences between several deliveries. Be careful, weeds love gravel. Self-locking blocks These are blocks which are assembled by simple interlocking. They are also light, therefore easy to transform and handle, practical to cut with a paving breaker or a simple bricklayer's chisel and a mallet. They are installed on a simple layer of sand, with foundations in relation to the load to be supported. They must be placed with care, and securely blocked at the periphery, otherwise they disassemble and the surface deforms, which means that everything has to be redone. Slabs Made of terracotta, stone or concrete, they are generally used on terraces. But applied to the aisles, they guarantee a solid surface of good quality close to the tiling. But they must be placed on a stabilized rigid base (concrete, for example) to prevent them from cracking in the event of overload. Bitumen Bituminous mixes are perfectly waterproof. They offer a smooth surface, without ruts. It is often this material that we choose when we are tired of maintaining a gravel driveway. Please note, the mix is only the top coat. It is the foundation below that supports the weight of the vehicles. It is therefore necessary to take care of these lower layers, in particular their leveling and their compaction. The other coatings Also think of bricks, granite pavers, colored concrete or deactivated concrete. There are also mixtures of resin and gravel intended especially for accesses for cars.
Laying your coating in the state of the art
First, create the slope necessary for the evacuation to evacuate rainwater to a lateral gutter connected to the evacuation network of the house or to a sump. Above all, the flow should not be towards the garage. Then the soil is prepared by disbursement, the depth of which will be adapted to the covering to be laid: 20 to 30 cm for self-locking pavers, 23 cm for gravel, 30 cm for concrete slabs. This disbursement is essential because it represents the foundations of the aisle that you are creating. Then fill the trench with a sub-layer of sand and / or gravel and compact the upper layer using a compactor (it can be rented!). You can then install a geotextile that will prevent weeds from growing between the slabs or pavers. Finally, it remains to install the flooring you have chosen. Attention: If you are not a good handyman, it is better to call a professional. Because even a very resistant covering risks to deform if it is not well laid.
Who to contact to make your garage access?
A park and garden planner, a landscaper or a specialized craftsman. In all cases, take advice from several professionals who will submit the best solutions to implement, and make several quotes.
What price does it take to get a garage access?
Prices vary depending on the work to be done (digging in earth or in rocky ground does not represent the same work and therefore does not cost the same price) and the choice of material. The cheapest solution remains gravel (around € 60 per m²). For a paving, count from 80 to 150 € per m². For granite pavers, the price ranges from 150 to 300 €.