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How Much Does It Cost To Repair Or Maintain Loose Fill Paving

Loose fill paving is a popular option for driveways, walkways and landscaping features. It's an inexpensive alternative to traditional paving and can beautify an outdoor space. As with anything else, loose fill paving requires routine maintenance and repairs to keep it in top condition. Fortunately, maintenance and repairs are relatively inexpensive. When you need help, it's easy to find a loose fill paving professional who can get the job done.

Table of Contents

  1. Loose Fill Paving Repair Costs
  2. Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Costs
  3. Common Problems With Loose Fill Pavers
  4. Loose Fill Repair Options
  5. Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Tasks
  6. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  7. Find A Pro

Loose Fill Paving Repair Costs

Loose fill paving repair is a project often best left to professionals, but savvy do-it-yourselfers can also be successful. The most common repair for loose fill paving is grading the subsurface. Homeowners can expect to spend between $640 and $858 for professional grading of a 125-square-foot space. The only cost associated with DIY repairs is the equipment rental fee. Cost for equipment rental is between $161 and $229 for one day.

Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Costs

Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Costs

As erosion occurs and the loose fill thins out, homeowners must add new loose fill. The average costs of the most popular types of loose fill are as follows.

Type of Loose Fill

Average Low Cost

Average High Cost

Pea Gravel

$30 per ton

$50 per ton

Compacted Gravel

$0.75 per square foot

$3 per square foot

Rubber Mulch

$9 per cubic yard

$10 per cubic yard


$25 per ton

$40 per ton

Wood Chips

$35 per cubic yard

$45 per cubic yard

Weed removal is another common maintenance task for loose fill paving. If homeowners remove weeds by hand on a weekly or monthly basis, then the cost is free. Hiring a professional to remove weeds on a regular basis costs between $25 and $40 per month.

Common Problems With Loose Fill Pavers

As with any other type of paving, loose fill is prone to several common issues. Homeowners should expect to make these repairs at some point:

  • Potholes: Holes and dips in the loose fill paving typically caused by the natural freeze and thaw cycles. Potholes occur in both loose fill and solid pavers.
  • Water Pooling: Pools of water that accumulate after rain. These are typically caused by an unstable subsurface that sinks over time. The pools can freeze in the winter creating an unsafe surface.
  • Grading & Slope Problems: Improper grading, site preparation and installation of the loose fill paving causes pothole formation.
  • Troughs: Long dips and indentations in the loose fill paving. These are similar to potholes but are often much larger.
  • Erosion: Layers of loose fill move and wash away because of rain, wind and other natural elements. This results in a thin and uneven surface.
  • Weed Growth: Plant growth that occurs through and between the loose fill. This often occurs when the surface is not treated properly before installing the loose fill.

Several of these problems occur because of improper installation, and others are the result of natural wear and tear. Regardless, repairs and maintenance are crucial, especially on driveways, to avoid creating a hazardous situation.

Loose Fill Repair Options

Loose Fill Repair Options

In order to repair potholes, troughs and issues with slope, homeowners need to grade the driveway or other piece of land. The first step is to remove the existing loose fill from the surface to repair the ground underneath. In order to fix a slope or grade the land, homeowners need a tractor with a roller attachment and a compactor. The compactor compresses the soil and gravel to make a sturdy surface. The roller smooths the ground to make the surface even. After reinforcing the ground and making a more stable surface, homeowners can lay new loose fill on top.

Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Tasks

Regular maintenance can help reduce repair costs in some instances. Homeowners should use a rake to fill in potholes and redistribute the loose fill every few months or at least once per year. This can also help keep water pooling at bay. Regular weeding by hand or by applying herbicides helps to control plant growth to keep the loose fill paving looking its best.

Some areas of the country see heavy snowfall and ice formation on driveways during the winter months. Removing snow and ice from a loose fill driveway is more difficult than with permanently paved driveways, such as asphalt pavers. Additionally, improper snow removal can damage the loose fill paving. During winter months, the best way to remove the top layers of snow is with a leaf blower, shovel or rake. Using salt to melt the rest of the snow and ice clears it away without shifting the loose fill.

Loose Fill Paving Maintenance Tasks

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

When it comes to loose fill paving maintenance, homeowners can complete the project on their own at little to no cost; however, repairs are more labor intensive and often require a bit more knowledge about construction. Although it is possible for homeowners to rent equipment and make repairs on their own, hiring a professional is often the best course of action. Removing old fill is often out of the scope of what most do-it-yourselfers can achieve. Properly grading the land is crucial to preventing many of the common problems from occurring.

Even though driveway projects are best left to the pros, smaller projects are often simple enough for homeowners to complete on their own. Maintenance and repairs for landscape installations and small walkways are common projects that homeowners can complete in a weekend.

Find A Pro

Construction and driveway installation projects are large jobs that often require the help of a crew and the use of heavy equipment. In order to repair issues with loose fill paving and avoid future problems from occurring, driveway professionals are the best people for the job. Use our free driveway lead generator to connect with qualified professionals in your area who can assist with your loose fill paving repair needs.

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