Q. Why call Gravel Pros?
A. Safety, Security and Specialty.
Mike Turpin, owner/operator of Gravel Pros, has been operating heavy machinery and specialized equipment for many years. He retired from truck driving after earning several awards including an award for 1 million safe driving miles on the road and participating in the International Truck Driving Championships in Lake Buena Vista Fl.
We are well known in the area, sponsoring baseball teams, local marathons and giving back to the community in which we live and work.
This is all we do, we specialize in gravel driveways and parking lots. Mike likes to say we are not reinventing the wheel but what we are doing is giving homeowners an alternative to having a pile of material dumped, or "tailgate spread" in the middle of their driveway and having to finish the job themselves. If you have material delivered and the driveway does not have a crown or way for water to run off you are throwing away your hard-earned money. We look forward to talking with you.
Q. Where is your business located. And do you work in my area?
A. We are located in Macomb County and work mainly in Macomb, St. Clair and Oakland County. Outside of this area just give us a call as we frequently head out of this area especially in June, July and August.
Q. Are your estimates free?
A. Yes, always.
We are a small family owned business and get to everyone as soon as possible. Please do not wait until spring as seasonal weight restrictions also known as frost laws are in place and prevent us from moving gravel until the Department of Transportation lifts these restrictions. It is better to have us fix your driveway now and we will come out for a quick maintenance in the spring if needed.
Q. How can I keep my gravel driveway or parking lot in top shape?
A. Two major things that come to mind are:
1) Keep driveways cleaned off. After mowing or after any nearby trees drop seeds onto the driveway make sure to blow off the grass clippings or tree seeds before they take root.
2) In the case of weeds or grass the best way to treat is calcium chloride. The great thing about using this is it also doubles as a dust controller. The only things to be aware of are using too much gives the possibility of runoff to grass and just like the salt used on our roads here in Michigan it does have corrosive properties.
Q. What type of material is best?
A. Limestone is considered the best for MOST residential driveways. It has curb appeal and locks in place over time because of the 'fines" and shape of the material. Crushed concrete works well for a base material but may contain pieces of rebar, nails or other construction materials so is NOT recommended for finishing any surface. Crushed asphalt can be a great product for some projects but can cause tracking on to other surfaces such as parking pads or aprons as well as an asphalt odor that some people find off-putting. Call and discuss what will work for YOUR project. We look forward to hearing from you.
Q. What type of equipment do you use?
A. We use the same type of equipment used on rural roads however we have special tires that won't tear up grass or lawns. Modifications have been made to our equipment since it is a specialized area in the construction field.