We all fall in love with our new driveways, weed free and perfectly new, one of the best attributes of a paved driveway is how little maintenance and care it will need over its lifetime. But no driveway including concrete is truly maintenance-free. Well maintained driveways show that you take pride in your home.
Block paving can look beautiful when it is first laid but for the first few weeks after being laid the joints between block paving will be relatively porous. Ingress of water from rain or other sources will consolidate the jointing sand and even flush it out particularly on sloping sites. It is important that these joints are topped up with jointing sand to prevent damage to your driveway but with these few simple steps, you can keep your driveway looking stunning for a lifetime. All your driveway really needs is a good clean with a broom and strong detergent also apply a weed preventative between joints of your block paving to prevent the weeds from growing. A general clean at the start of Spring is perfect.
You can also invest in a power washer, if you use a power washer, it should be angled at 30°and sprayed diagonally on a medium pressure. Re-sand and re-point any joints if necessary.
Concrete driveways should be sealed every 2 years or when you notice that the finish is starting to show signs of wear. If your driveway is used for normal everyday traffic and you do not live in an area with the overly severe weather. If your concrete drive is at a business, you may need to seal more often. There are many good sealers on the market and we can advise you on the best one to suit your drive.
A gravel driveway is one of the least expensive options when putting in a new driveway and more people are opting for them based on the prices of the materials. But, you must keep on top of the maintenance to keep it looking nice. Regular Weeding and raking need to take place to keep your driveway in tip-top condition. Raking will avoid potholes accruing where you regularly park. As soon as you see a hole, rake back the gravel and fill the hole with sand. Replace the gravel and you are good to go.
A resin-based driveway is an extremely minimal maintenance If you choose a resin driveway it should be regularly swept clean, removing leaves and rubbish to keep looking tidy. To keep your surface looking its best and to prevent any moss or weed growth it should be treated using an appropriate weed killer. Some quite common chemicals including petrol, diesel fuel, oil, and tar can damage resin-based products causing softening. All spills should be quickly removed and thoroughly flushed with water.
Driveways need tender loving care as much as your home needs maintenance and improvement. A sturdy and well-maintained driveway provides a great first impression of your home. Your driveway is the first section of your home that greets guests and entices passers-by to take a second look. You make a great impression by showing off a well-kept driveway that’s both functional and aesthetically appealing. Invest time, money and effort in your driveway because it adds value to your property.
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