Can roll-off dumpsters cause driveway damage?

Roll-off dumpsters can cause damage to the driveway. Although rare, cracks and scratches on the driveway can occur due to the heavy nature of the container and truck. However, there are certain things that can be done to help prevent damage to a driveway. Taking the time to prepare a driveway before the roll-off dumpster is dropped off can save a lot of time and stress for you!

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How to prevent cracks and damages on a driveway

There are a few things that can be done before the container arrives in order to prevent cracks and damage in a driveway.

1. Use plywood for protection

The first preventative measure is placing plywood sheets or boards underneath the dumpster to help create a barrier between the driveway and the container. This will protect the area from scratches that may occur when the dumpster is being placed on the driveway. The most common sizes for plywood sheets are 4 ft X 8ft sheets or 2 ft X 4 ft sheets. Either of these can be purchased for cheap at your local hardware store and should fit perfectly underneath the dumpster. Some dumpster rental companies may provide plywood sheets, but it is important to call and confirm before the dumpster arrives.

2. Do not overfill the dumpster

It is important to never overfill the dumpster or exceed the allotted weight of the dumpster to prevent damage to your driveway. The easiest way to do this is by being conscious of the type of debris that is being placed in the container. Debris such as rock, sod, brick, concrete, roofing shingles, etc…can become very heavy very quickly. The extra weight from the debris can cause extra strain on the driveway which may cause cracks or other damage.

Another way to ensure the container is not overfilled is to keep all waste and debris at or below the fill line in the container.

It is important to confirm the amount of debris that is allowed in the roll-off dumpster. This will depend on the size of the dumpster:

  • 3 tons of waste for a 15-yard roll-off dumpster
  • 5 tons of waste for 30 and 40-yard roll-off dumpsters

3. Type of driveway material

The type of material that a driveway is made out of may increase the risk of damage to it. For example, concrete driveways are far less likely to incur damage than asphalt or grass driveways.

Asphalt driveways may suffer from impressions or surface damage when a dumpster is placed on them. However, this can be prevented by having the dumpster placed in a shaded area of the driveway or by placing wood boards under the corners of the container to help distribute the weight more evenly.

Grass driveways are the most likely to be damaged by roll-off dumpsters. This is because the weight of the dumpster can cause it to sink into the ground. Additionally, there is a risk of the grass being ripped when the dumpster is picked up. If the dumpster must the placed on a grass driveway creating a barrier with wood sheets may be the best option to prevent damage.

Placing a roll-off dumpster on the street

Placing a roll-off dumpster on the street is the best way to prevent damage to a driveway. However, placing a dumpster on the street usually requires a permit or permission from the city. It is important to check with your city before ordering a dumpster that will be placed on the street. In many cases, this can be done through an online form or by calling the city center. Check out this permitting resource for more information!

Some cities do not allow street placement for roll-off dumpsters. In this case, the best option will be to use the preventative measures mentioned above to protect the driveway from damages.

Affordable Roll-Offs Takes Every Precaution to Prevent Damage to Driveways

At Affordable Roll-Offs, dumpster rentals in Denver, we take every precaution to prevent any damage to driveways. All of our drivers are CDL (commercial drivers license) certified. This means that they have gone through extensive training to be cleared to drive commercial vehicles. Additionally, our drivers take their time with every drop-off and pick-up. We understand that any damage to your driveway will cause stress and loss of valuable in your life. Therefore we never rush and will take as much time as necessary to carefully drop off and pick up your container.