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How Long Does It Take To Dig Out A Driveway?

how long does it take to dig out a driveway

These days, innovative home designs are taking over and bringing new ways to transform your home. The days of grand designs have really arrived, and with it, a range of outstanding advancements in just what can be achieved in respect of the humble home. 

Modern property advancements come in all shapes and sizes, from full house construction, to little tweaks around the home to make it more energy efficient. No matter what area of your home you look at, there is a modern solution to transform it for the better.

There is a lot to be said for modern improvements, but even the grandest changes can’t always compete with the classic ones-especially when you throw a little modern development into the mix as well. 

A driveway is a classic improvement that can really help to boost your home value, and give your property exterior the ultimate ‘wow’ factor. When that driveway is modern, like in the case of a resin bound driveway, you have the recipe for long-term surfacing success.

Planning the perfect driveway takes time, but when the vans roll up ready to start work, it will instantly start to feel worth the effort. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait long to see your brand-new driveway completed and looking amazing. 

The bulk of the work starts with digging the new driveway out. To give you an insight into the timeframe of this stage, we’re going to answer the important question: how long does it take to dig out a driveway? 

how long does it take to dig out a driveway

It may not be the most enjoyable stage, (that’s generally reserved for the selection of your perfect aggregate for the surface or seeing the end product), but digging out your designated driveway is still an essential part of construction

What Factors Can Influence the Time to Dig the Driveway Out?

Digging out the driveway is the first stage of the project where you’ll really start to see the kind of impact that the new driveway will have on your home exterior-in the very best of ways. 

It may not be the most enjoyable stage, (that’s generally reserved for the selection of your perfect aggregate for the surface or seeing the end product), but digging out your designated driveway is still an essential part of construction.

So, how long will it take until the ground is ready and your driveway construction can move onto the next stage?

The exact timeframe will depend on six key factors, including:

1)    The Depth of the Drive

The deeper the drive, the longer the process is going to take. A resin bound surface, for example, will require at least 12mm for the resin top and additional space for the subbase. 

2)    The Size of the Drive

Large driveways or those with a complicated design will cause the digging process for your new driveway to take longer. 

how long does it take to dig out a driveway

Hand digging the driveway will generally take much longer than using machinery. The number of people working on the driveway will also alter the timeframe of the work

3)    The Driveway Elevation

A high elevation may mean that more dirt has to be removed, or that the surface needs greater time and effort set aside for preparation. 

As the final incline of your driveway is incredibly important, extra care should always be given when preparing the ground.

4)    The Method of Digging

Hand digging the driveway will generally take much longer than using machinery. The number of people working on the driveway will also alter the timeframe of the work.

how long does it take to dig out a driveway

If your existing base in good condition, then you may not even need a new base. A resin bound surface can be applied to the top of concrete or tarmac that is in good condition

5)    The Existing Surface Materials

If you have an existing driveway that needs removing, then this has to be factored into the timeframe – concrete is going to be more difficult to remove than dirt!

However, if your existing base is in good condition, then you may not even need a new base. A resin bound surface can be applied to the top of your existing concrete or tarmac if it is in good condition.

6)    The Weather

You can never seem to escape the rain for long in the UK. If it rains heavily when your driveway is being prepared, then then process may have to grind to a halt until the weather clears up.

how long does it take to dig out a driveway

If you’re ready to get started with your driveway transformation, then Home Logic are the service to call. With our experience installing driveways the length and breadth of the UK, we’ll make preparing the surface of your driveway an absolute breeze

So... What's The Verdict?

The ground preparation is only one stage of the driveway installation process, and despite the number of factors that can influence the process, it’s actually a pretty quick stage. You can expect that when you choose a professional installation service, the installation of a resin driveway, for example, will only take around 48 hours tops. 

For a large number of driveways, the ground preparation will easily be completed in the first day, and perhaps even just the first half of the day if the existing basework can be used!

Make Light Work of Driveway Preparation with a Professional Service

If you’re ready to get started with your driveway transformation, then Home Logic are the service to call. With our experience installing driveways the length and breadth of the UK, we’ll make preparing the surface of your driveway an absolute breeze, enabling you to achive the results you desire. 

Contact us today by calling 0800 1700 636, or clicking the button below, for more information about designing and installing the highest quality of driveways!