Whether you are a homeowner or contractor, you surely are aware of the insanely high price for replacing a driveway. The truth is that much of the labor cost in driveway replacement comes from breaking up and removing the existing driveway. What the asphalt companies don’t want you to know is that you can significantly reduce the cost of installing a new driveway by removing the current driveway yourself.
How to Remove Your Driveway – The Hard Way – Manually
Concrete and asphalt are extremely strong when they have a solid base, but extremely fragile and inflexible when there’s nothing supporting them. You may have noticed that if you simply try and break up concrete while it’s on the ground, you’re just going to put dents in it. Rather, you need to lift up the pavement and create space between it and the ground.
To do this, dig a hole next to the pavement and use a hydraulic car jack to pry the pavement up. Don’t break the pavement when the hydraulic jack is supporting it, this could damage your jack.
Rather, stick a log or something else in its place. Once the pavement is broken up into small piece you can easily haul it away. This is obviously a tedious process because it may take multiple times before the pavement pieces are small enough to lift. Afterwards, easily dispose of the pavement by taking it to a local dump.
How to Remove Your Driveway – The Easy Way – Renting the Right Equipment
As a contractor, you know that the quicker you can get things done, the better it is for you and the client. By renting the right equipment, you can break up and remove pavement in half the time and with lower labor costs. The easiest way to do this is by renting a skid steer or backhoe for larger jobs. Use the bucket to pry underneath the pavement and lift it up. Then, all you have to do is throw the concrete in the bucket and haul it away.
For larger pieces, you can easily break them up by physically flipping them on the pieces next to them. Do this by attaching a heavy-duty chain to one end of the pavement. Then, simply reverse the backhoe, which will begin to lift the pavement up.
Don’t Contract Your Paving Out to Third parties; Save Money by Doing it Yourself!
Now that you know you can easily break up and remove the pavement yourself, why not try finishing the job? With the right tools, you can easily start doing your own paving work instead of relying on expensive third-parties. At Norton Equipment Rental, we rent everything you need for your asphalt paving job from trucks to haul the asphalt to rollers. We also rent a variety of backhoes and skid steers to make removing the old pavement a breeze. Doing your own paving work is simple when you rent everything you need from Norton Equipment Rental!