The Driveway Paving ProcessWhat to expect

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Step 1 Assessment & Estimate

Trapper City Paving (TCP) does an onsite inspection to determine your needs and decide which of the following items need to be addressed:

  • Replacement
  • Re-surfacing
  • Repair / restoration
  • Water or drainage issues
  • Additional parking
  • Asphalt quantities and mix design

During the onsite inspection, TCP encourages you to ask as many questions as possible. As there is no “DIY” element to asphalt paving, TCP is more than willing to provide any answers and additional information to ensure you are comfortable with the paving process. Each inspection takes between 20 minutes and an hour to complete, depending on the scope of work.


Once the onsite inspection is completed and the scope of work is determined, a written quote work schedule is given to the customer. Quality workmanship is TCP’s top priority and attention to every detail is given during this stage to ensure that the customer is provided with an accurate quote. You will receive all dates in advance so you can make alternative parking arrangements for your vehicles while the job is being done.

If you have other items that you are working on in your home that require heavy equipment, we will make suggestions to coordinate with other projects to ensure the order of renovations or home improvements are effective, cost efficient and protecting your new driveway. This ensures that your new driveway isn’t disturbed by heavy machinery during the curing process. Our paving season runs from May to October, depending on weather.

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Step 2 Remove Existing Materials

Old asphalt, concrete, organic material and sub-base will be removed with a loader and hauled away. We will also take steps to protect existing landscape features that you identify during the estimate process.

Your existing driveway may have a sub-base that requires additional excavation; in general this is due to rock or clay. This profile is often reflected in your current driveway condition. Treatment of these conditions range from additional excavation depth, use of geo-textiles and additional sub-base aggregates to support the granular A grade and compaction. This will be reflected in your initial estimate. We avoid extra charges at all costs.

Step 3 Prepare the Sub-base

Once the old material is fully removed, we prepare the sub-base. We use a grade blade and bucket to create a rough outline of your final grade.

If you have a clay belt on your property, TCP will usually pre-determine this factor prior to preparing the sub-base.

You may already know if a clay belt exists on your property. However, if an unknown clay belt is identified at this stage, you are contacted to review the additional scope of work required.

Step 4 Backfill with ‘A’ Gravel

Once the sub-base is prepared, we backfill your driveway with an average lift of 6” - 8″ Quarry ‘A’ Gravel, the highest quality of gravel available in North Bay. The preparation phase is critical to the final product. This phase of the workmanship is where experience and integrity are critical to Trapper City Paving’s success. It’s what separates us from other paving companies. ‘A’ Gravel is made from crushed granite extracted from our area which provides us with the sturdiest base possible as we prepare for paving.  This completes the ‘Prep’ Stage of your driveway, and you are free to use your driveway until the asphalt application.

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STEP 5 Pave

TCP finishes the paving process with 2″ of compacted hot-mix asphalt, which is standard for average vehicle weight on residential driveways.


Click here to download a detailed breakdown of steps to take to ensure satisfaction with your new driveway, including varying where vehicles are parked for a few months to allow the pavement to set properly while the curing (oxidization) process continues.