If your driveway is currently made with dirt or gravel, you may be considering paving over it. Dirt and gravel will let the rain soak into your driveway, and if heavy rainfall occurs, the dirt and gravel can even erode or shift. Paving the driveway can help eliminate the problems that come with heavy rain by helping provide adequate drainage to the area.
Removing The Rut
A common problem with a dirt and gravel driveway is that ruts will easily form in the material. This is caused by driving over the same section of your driveway every single day, which compresses the dirt and gravel underneath the tires. The rut makes it difficult for water to be absorbed into the ground, and forms a perfect place for water to collect after it rains.
The benefit of paving is that you will be able to be able to force the way that water drains from your driveway, which can be done by adding a slight incline to the surface. Water will not only roll off towards the street, but can drain to the sides of the driveway as well. It makes the driveway a dry and stable surface instead of one that is prone to collecting water.
Now that you have the water off of your driveway, it may have created a new problem that needs to be fixed. Water that ends up in the soil on both sides of your driveway will cause the ground to erode since that is where all the water is collecting.
One option is to use soil to surround the driveway that lets the water easily drain into the ground. Another option is to actually install rain gutters on the sides of a driveway that easily allow the water to flow to the sewer system. It's the best way to avoid causing damage to your yard from rain water.
Asphalt that has been sealed will allow all of the water to run off, so it will cause the most problems with water eroding the soil that surrounds your driveway. Concrete is a bit more absorbent, but will still allow water to flow off the surface. If you are using paver stones, rainwater can easily flow between the stones to assist with drainage. Unfortunately, you'll need to have the pavers braced so they are unable to shift when the soil beneath the bricks becomes wet.
For more info about how to prevent flooding with your driveway, speak with paving contractors.