Should You Widen Your Driveway?

July, 29, 2020 By CASSIDY PAVING 3 min read

Is widening your driveway on your to-do list? Cassidy Paving is here to help you determine exactly what the issue is with your current residential asphalt driveway, and come up with solutions for these issues. We know that you always want your pavement to reflect your needs and goals of your home. Now during the summer months, is the perfect time for our customers across Massachusetts to start those asphalt projects they have been waiting to do. Here’s how we help you determine if widening is right for you or if we should go another route for the driveway you deserve.

What to Consider Before Widening Your Driveway

Widen or Extend?

Even if you think that widening is the answer, you may get just as much improvement from extending your driveway. The answer may even be a combination of both. Experienced contractors, like Cassidy Paving, can look at the dimensions of your existing driveway and the space around it to determine if you will get the best results with widening on both sides, one side, or extending the area before the roadway.

Angie’s List has found that “homeowners often widen a driveway when they replace a single-car garage with a larger one or decide to extend the remainder of a long driveway that's only halfway paved”. You need to look at your reasons why you want a change before pulling the trigger on your driveway project. If the reason is that your original driveway wasn’t built for the number of drivers in your home, widening is a practical answer. There are more drivers in single-family homes than ever before.

Safety and liability should also be considered. If you find that you are not able to see around your vehicle when you are coming into the driveway or leaving your home, it is time to call Cassidy Paving for an update. For your safety and the safety of others, you need to be able to see any structures and landscaping when operating your vehicle.

The Cost

If you’ve been waiting to start your driveway project due to costs, our paving experts want to help you understand what to expect. Home Advisor has found that the national average for driveway widening “costs $2 to $15 per square foot, depending on materials and the condition of the land”. You can estimate a cost more in line with your needs by multiplying the square footage you need with the cost listed. Extensions also cost similar per square foot, but you may also need to consider city/county permitting and any sidewalks that will need to be ADA compliant. These additions will result in larger final costs to the customer.

Hire a Residential Pavement Pro

Cassidy Paving offers residential customers across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts professional and fair asphalt options for driveways. If you want to widen and/or extend the drive you already have, give us a call today at 866-978-9788. Estimates are always free and you will be under no obligation. We are local to Woburn and there are very few paving contractors that understand the complexities of the New England weather and also the permitting requirements of various municipalities like we do. We are fully insured and bonded and exceed state pre-qualification standards.

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