Getting your driveway extended or widened can make room for added vehicles or just give your children a place to play outdoors. It might also be needed if you’ve changed the footprint of your home or the layout of your yard, and you now want to redirect your driveway or need to lengthen it. Whatever your reasons for wanting to extend or widen your home’s driveway, note a few questions you might want to consider before you start work, and why it can be best to leave it up to a professional contractor to handle.

1. Are permits needed?

Permits are dictated by every local area, but it’s usually quite standard that a permit is needed to put down any type of concrete outside your home, even if it’s to expand an existing driveway. A permit ensures that the work won’t encroach on your neighbor’s property and that you won’t be bringing in equipment and machinery that is not allowed in your area or that might cause too much of a disturbance. If you need to know if a permit is required, call your city clerk’s desk for information.

2. Why is a land survey needed first?

You might be told that you need to have a land survey done before you extend or modify your driveway in any way. This is often to ensure that your driveway doesn’t cross your property boundaries, or if there are restrictions about how close a driveway can come to neighboring property, that it sits back enough from those boundaries. Even if you’re not required to get a land survey, you might want to consider it to check if there will be adequate drainage under the concrete driveway. If your property isn’t sloped and graded properly, the concrete might trap moisture, and water and this can damage the concrete as well as allow that moisture to collect around your home’s foundation, causing leaks and cracks.

3. Why have a concreter handle this job?

Widening a driveway might not seem like such a big job to you but note that all concrete is mixed with a variety of ingredients, and getting a mixture to match your existing concrete might be a bit tricky. You would want the same ratio of sand, gravel, and cement in your new concrete as what’s in your existing driveway, so that the two areas look alike and one side won’t be heavier than the other, putting pressure on the driveway. A concreter might have more skill and knowhow when it comes to matching concrete for a driveway extension.