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Old 12-29-2011, 10:14 AM   #16
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I would second using MM....I live in Iowa and they are the cheapest place to buy from. If you go through a landscaping place, expect to pay double. We used reclaimed asphalt for our driveway (it's darker), but that's what our adjacent alley is made from. It also gives us the option to blacktop our driveway once everything has been compacted down....

you could also consider putting crushed rock down as a base, compacting your self and learning how to build forms for the concrete...and then have someone come and rebar and pour for you....it would cut some of that 5k away.

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #17
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My husband and I own a paving business..... we do asphalt and have done chip and seal..... I would not recommend chip and seal in your parking area!!!! You will not be happy if it gets hot out, and you sink a high heel in it!!!! That application requires traffic to smooth out..... If you plan to do asphalt at some point... don't use round smooth gravel, go with the limestone flex base, you will need 4 inches compacted depth of the ugly stuff! Hope that helps!!!!
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My husband and I own a paving business..... we do asphalt and have done chip and seal..... I would not recommend chip and seal in your parking area!!!! You will not be happy if it gets hot out, and you sink a high heel in it!!!! That application requires traffic to smooth out..... If you plan to do asphalt at some point... don't use round smooth gravel, go with the limestone flex base, you will need 4 inches compacted depth of the ugly stuff! Hope that helps!!!!
Not sure if you though that I used chip and seal, but wanted to clarify...the reclaimed asphalt was not chip and seal.....and I would agree that it would be far to soft of surface without traffic.
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I am seeing problems with the definition of long here. There is long, and there is loooooooooooooooong. 50 feet is not very long. I think the recomendations for using tar and crushed stone is great for very long driveways, but like Tammy said, for a small residential parking area, the cheaper solutions are not the best.

It sounds like you want cobblestone, but want to pay for crushed stone. 5K doesn't sound bad, but I would hate to get a cheap job and have to fix it after a few years. I think any kind of pavers or cobblestone would be a headache. They look great when installed, but not so nice after they settle.
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I grew up in a house with a peas stone drive way...if your in an area where you get snow, you can plan on raking the stones or whatever lose materials you use out of the lawn, then whatever you do when you mow the lawn, make sure the discharge chute isnt aimed at your windows or cars. Been there, done that, cheap but has consequences,...I'm looking for some kind of cheap brick or paver solution. I'm in Florida now so shoveling, snow blowing or plowing isn't an issue to get it all over the lawn
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Ever see Cool Hand Luke?

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I just widened my driveway and had pavers used as edging. They curved all the ends. I will have to post some pics . . .

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