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Geotextile Gravel Driveway Fabric


SKU ESS5.0450

The geotextile gravel driveway fabric is a high strength and dimensionally stable woven fabric that will reduce gravel migration and provide protection against rutting. This then reduces maintenance and helps provide a better driving surface. The fabric is made from 100%Β  Polypropylene. It is made to resist ultraviolet light deterioration, and is inert to commonly encountered soil chemicals. The fabric will not rot or mildew, is non-biodegradable, and is resistant to damage from insects and rodents.

Our fabrics are available in a variety of widths and lengths the shortest roll being 27’ and the longest 432’ with widths that vary from 12.5’ to 17.5’ there is a roll size that will meet your project needs.

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Product Info

  • Heavy-duty woven geotextile provides excellent base support for roadways, parking lots, paver patios and driveways
  • Reduces the amount of base materials required for the project
  • Excellent puncture and tear resistance
  • Mildew and rot Meets most DOT specs
  • Material: Polypropylene woven fabric



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This material ships from either California, Minnesota, New Jersey or Georgia. Orders typically ship same day (if placed before 12 PM EST)

Note: The day that the order ships does not count as a transit day. We are unable to expedite fabric shipments faster than what is displayed on the map below.

Driveway Fabric - Advantages and Uses

Driveway fabric is a material that is often overlooked for its valuable contributions as an important part of the construction of a driveway and its long-lasting qualities. This fabric is made of geotextile material serving as a stabilizing agent below the driveway's surface. It offers several benefits including its longevity and less maintenance requirements. It's primarily used as a barrier to separate the subgrade soil from the above aggregate layers to prevent the infiltrating of the layers while offering good water drainage. In this article, we will go over the important role this fabric plays and how to ensure your driveway remains in excellent condition for a very long time.

The Benefits Found Using Driveway Fabric

Stability & Support – This fabric will seriously increase the stability of your driveway's surface by supporting heavier loads and reducing the risks of ruts and potholes forming over time. As the fabric distributes the weight evenly, it prevents the aggregate from sinking into the soil by maintaining the driveway's integrity, especially under heavy traffic.

Managing Moisture – It's a known fact that drainage is critical to the life of a driveway and this fabric will make that happen. Water will pass through while preventing the upward movement of the soil's particles. This will prevent the problem of water pooling leading to the damage of the surface and causing erosion.

Controlling Weeds & Erosion – Driveway care and maintenance can be frustrating when dealing with erosion and weed control. Driveway fabric serves as a barrier to stop weed penetration and the displacement of soil. Issues can lead to an uneven surface and eventually create a weak structure.

Gravel Driveway

Finished Gravey Driveway

Low-Cost Maintenance – Although the initial cost of installing driveway fabric might seem expensive, over time, it's very inexpensive. As this fabric increases the driveway's durability and decreases the need for repairs, it offers significant savings on the cost for maintenance. The benefits of installing driveway fabric are pretty obvious. Its role offers a durable, stable, and low-maintenance driveway making it a valuable product for both homeowners and construction teams.

Preparation For Installing Driveway Fabric –
Preparation of the area is critical before you can actually install the driveway fabric. You need to ensure the fabric performs as intended and will do so effectively.

Assessment & Measurements – Check the area where the fabric will be installed. Measure the dimensions of the driveway to find out how much fabric will be needed. It's a good idea to purchase a little more fabric to account for errors or adjustments.

Clean Up The Area - First off, clean up the area of debris, large stones, roots, or plants. This is imperative to prevent punctures or other damage to the fabric and make sure the surface is smooth for laying down the fabric.

Compact The Soil – After the area is cleaned and leveled, compact the soil to form a solid base for the fabric. The process will increase the stability and support of the fabric.

The Installation Process Step-By-Step

Installing the fabric the right way will be critical to the success of the entire project.

Unroll The Fabric

Start at one end of the driveway area and unroll the fabric across the length of the driveway. It's imperative to lay the fabric flat and be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or folds.

Overlapping Sections – If the width of your driveway will require several strips, make sure each strip overlaps the one before it by at least 6 inches. Overlapping will prevent any gaps where soil could come in contact with the aggregate layer.

Grading Road

Grading Side of Gravel Driveway

Secure The Fabric - To secure the fabric, use landscape staples or fabric pins to secure the fabric to the ground at the edges and where the fabric overlaps. The staples should be every three feet along the edges and one foot along the seams where the fabric overlaps.

Cutting And Fitting – Take a sharp utility knife and cut the fabric along the edges of the driveway and around any obstacles. Be sure the fabric is snug around all curves and corners.

Adding Aggregate – Once the fabric is securely in place, start adding the layer of aggregate on top of it. Work your way starting at one end and work your way to the other end while spreading the aggregate evenly at a recommended depth of at least 6 inches.

The Final Compaction – After the aggregate is in place, it should be compacted to form a stable solid surface. The compaction should blend the aggregate with the fabric for greater durability and stability of the driveway.

Accurately follow these steps, so your driveway fabric will be installed properly. You will lay down the foundation for a great driveway that will last a very long time!

Up Close View of Gravel

Gray Gravel

After Installation Care And Maintenance

After installation of the driveway, fabric, and aggregate, it's time to maintain the quality of the driveway. It's critical to perform good maintenance and care. Here are some important tips to give your driveway a very long life.

Perform Regular Inspections – Inspect the surface regularly for any signs of wear and tear or damage to the fabric. Early detection will help you make repairs early on instead of waiting until the problem becomes serious.

Overlapping Sections – If the width of your driveway requires many strips of fabric, make sure each strip overlaps the previous one at least by 6 inches. Overlapping will prevent gaps that could allow contact with the aggregate layer. – If the width of your driveway requires many strips of fabric, make sure each strip overlaps the previous one at least by 6 inches. Overlapping will prevent gaps that could allow contact with the aggregate layer.

Pin Down The Fabric –Stabilize the fabric using fabric pins or staples along the edges and where the fabric is overlapping. The staples should be approximately every 3 feet along the edges and one foot along the seams where the fabric overlaps.

Cutting & Fitting – Take a sharp utility knife and cut the fabric around obstacles or shape the fabric along the edges of the driveway. Make sure the fabric is taut around all curves and corners.

The Aggregate – After the fabric is in place, it's time to add the aggregate on top. Start in one section and work your way to the other section. Spread the aggregate evenly at the recommended depth of approximately 6 inches.

Compaction – After the aggregate is in place, compact it to form a solid, stable surface. If compacted correctly, the aggregate and fabric should blend together to create a long-lasting stable driveway.

Following these instructions correctly, you will be on your way to building an incredible driveway that will serve you well.

Care And Maintenance Afterward

After you have completed installing the fabric and aggregate, the soundness of your driveway is critical. Here are some great tips to ensure your driveway will stand up to most elements.

Perform Regular Inspections

Inspect Regularly -You should check the surface from time to time for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Early detection will allow for early repairs such as fabric exposure or the displacement of the aggregate.

A Fresh Layer Of Aggregate – Over time, the aggregate can become thin. It's important to add a fresh layer to ensure the strength and appearance of your driveway.

Controlling Weeds – Although the fabric has a weed barrier, some weeds will inevitably get through the aggregate. You must deal with the spread of weeds and possible damage to the fabric.

Large Gate in Drive

Large Gravel Driveway Gate

Drainage Maintenance – Good maintenance of the drainage system will help the system clear and operate properly to prevent a build-up of water. Not doing so, could harm the driveway's framework.

Keeping up maintenance, you can extend the life of your driveway and the benefits of the fabric.

Mistakes You Should Avoid - Everyone makes mistakes once in a while but paying close attention to instructions, you can save yourself a lot of time, energy, and money.

The Short On Overlapping - Not providing enough overlapping of the fabric strips can cause gaps and compromise the barrier against weeds and soil mixing.

Poor Surfaces - Never skip good preparation steps like leveling and compacting which can lead to a weak base and affect the life of your driveway.

Car Parked on Driveway

Car Parked on Gravel Driveway

Not Securing Properly

If you do not apply enough staples or pins to the fabric, it can cause shifting and bubbling making it ineffective.

The Depth Of The Aggregate

If the level of aggregate is too low, there won't be enough cushioning and protection for the fabric which could lead to puncturing and tearing.

Being aware and staying away from unnecessary mistakes will give you a good installation of the fabric.

In Conclusion

Investing in quality driveway fabric is the right way to go for a strong, low-maintenance driveway. Contractors and homeowners alike must realize that stabilizing the surface, improving drainage, and preventing weed growth and erosion are not replaceable. The initial setup might seem like extra work, but over the long haul, there will be benefits such as the lifespan of the driveway, a reduction in maintenance costs, and cost-effective operations during driveway construction.

Driveway fabric will contribute to the structural integrity of the driveway but will add to the physical appeal by preventing potholes and uneven surfaces. Following the steps in this article will give you a successful installation and a solid foundation for your driveway to last a very long time.

Investing in driveway fabric is well beyond the cost of the material. It's knowing your driveway is built to last, will maintain its functional purposes, and maintain its excellent appearance for many years.