Is Your Stone Driveway Compliant with Asheville’s Laws and Rules?
A home’s driveway is often one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to construction and appearance, despite the fact that it’s one of the first aesthetic parts of your home that your guests will notice. What your driveway looks like can have a significant impact on the overall perception of your home, and the materials that are used for its construction affect its function and durability. When you choose natural stone for the construction of your driveway rather than more common materials like concrete or asphalt, you get the best aesthetic and functionality.
There are always concerns when you decide to have hardscapes installed on your property. The design and materials are just two such considerations. Another is how to ensure that your new driveway is compliant with local rules and regulations. Without considering this compliance, you may be subject to fines and may even have to tear out the new installation – which can be costly.
One of the best ways to ensure that you won’t fall victim to this scenario is by hiring a landscaping contractor that is licensed, insured, and reputable to design and construct your driveway.
Benefits of Hiring an Asheville Landscape Contractor for Your Driveway
Hiring the best hardscape contractor to design and construct a stone driveway for your home ensures that you will get the beautiful feature you want, and that it’s done with adherence to the laws and regulations that are applicable in Asheville. Consider the benefits of hiring a contractor more closely, they are:
- Backed by the state – North Carolina landscape contractors are validated by the state. That means that they are licensed and insured, having proven their knowledge of local codes and regulations and that they have the appropriate insurance. As a homeowner using a licensed contractor means that you won’t be held responsible if there are injuries or damage that occur during the construction of the driveway. Additionally, hiring a licensed contractor means that should any dispute arise between you and the contractor, you can take advantage of the state’s dispute resolution program, which typically includes access to state funds to help with the resolution. The licensing board is an authoritative organization that is a good ally to have. If your contractor isn’t licensed and you have a dispute, you’re on your own.
- Competent – The process contractors go through to become licensed tests basic competency, screening out unqualified applicants. It’s also a way to weed out dishonest contractors. A valid license is your first indication that a landscape contractor is proficient at the required skills. Licensed contractors with experience will also have a reputation that you can investigate. They may have ratings or reviews from previous clients online, a presence with the Better Business Bureau, and a portfolio of completed work you can look at. Additionally, you can request references for the contractor to ensure that previous customers are satisfied with the work that was done.
- Able to handle legalities – Because licensed landscape contractors are up to date with the laws and regulations that pertain to the work being done on your home, they understand which permits are required for compliance. They are able to obtain those permits for the installation of your driveway before they begin the work. Obtaining permits provides you with further proof that the contractor is licensed and insured, as they will have to prove it to the issuing municipality to receive permits.
Keep in mind that a reputable hardscaper will have no problem with providing you documentation proving their licensure and insurance. They will be forthcoming about the required permits and will instill in you a sense of confidence in their competency.
Ambrose Landscapes Ensures Beautiful and Compliant Hardscapes
Hardscaping projects, like stone driveways, are important components of your home that contribute to its overall aesthetic. They add beauty and function that you want for your property. However, they can also be big investments, especially when they are constructed from a durable, low-maintenance material like natural stone. The last thing you want to happen is to have to remove your stone driveway because of noncompliance with laws and regulations.
At Ambrose Landscapes, we have designed and installed many natural stone driveways in and around Asheville for homeowners just like you. We know how to create beautiful and functional stone driveways that adhere to all local codes, rules, and regulations. And, we take care of all the legalities for you, including obtaining permits for the work we do. We have the experience, skill, and professionalism to bring the vision you have for your stone driveway to reality.