Dirt Contractors And Your Home Additions: Exterior Renovations For A Complete Job

Construction & Contractors Blog

Dirt work is needed when adding anything to your home's exterior. This includes backfill for foundation work, soil and materials for landscaping and excavations, and moving materials to complete jobs. These contractors can handle everything from new patios and walkways to sidewalks and retaining walls. Here are some of the things that you need to know about working with a dirt contractor to complete your next exterior project:

Excavation and Removal

Dirt contractors excavate and remove dirt from construction sites. They dig holes and trenches and haul out excavated materials, and they blend and level the dirt. The dirt contractor can come in and remove dirt and other materials that are in the way of the renovations. They can use these materials for grading or remove them from the site if there is not enough room for the extra dirt when doing the final grading.

Backfill and Grading

Another area that you need to consider for your project is the backfill. This is more than just the excavations, which your dirt contractor might help with too. The backfill is the moving of dirt to fill holes and excavations that have been done. You often need to use backfill around foundations, retaining walls, and holes that have been dug for things like utility installations. They can also help move the dirt to improve the watershed of your property, which can be good to improve drainage and prevent water problems around your home.

Topsoil for Landscaping

The final grading is not the last of dirt movement that needs to be done to finish your exterior renovations. You are going to need to add topsoil to the landscaping for things like grass turfs and plants in flowerbeds. When you talk to the dirt contractor about the type of landscaping, they can help choose the right topsoil mixtures to ensure grass and plants in your new landscaping design grow strong and healthy.

Rock and Gravel

In addition to the topsoil, there is also rock and gravel that you might need for landscaping. Before this starts, though, you might need to have the dirt contractor help with the aggregate base that is needed for foundations and hardscaping installations like retaining walls and driveways. At the end of your project, they can also help with the decorative rock materials that might be used for the landscaping design as ground coverings.

If you are planning an addition or exterior renovations, don't forget the dirt. Contact a dirt contractor to get help with the excavations and dirt-moving that needs to be done.


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