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Driveways Maintenance Tips for A Smooth Entry in Your Home for Years to Come

Driveways Maintenance Tips for A Smooth Entry in Your Home for Years to Come

paved driveways UKWith the arrival of warm weather, signs of damage are commonly visible in the driveways in UK homes that the winter leaves. No matter of what material the driveway is made of, damage is sure to happen. There are potholes or cracks in asphalt, dips in gravel and cracks in pavers or concrete. If you don’t pay attention to these signs, the forthcoming rain is likely to make it too big to manage. Here are some tips with which you can protect and maintain your driveway so as to make it look attractive and functional for years to come.

Paver or Brick Driveways

Pavers or bricks give your driveway and home an old-worldly charm and also if you want unique geometric designs, you can achieve them with this material. However, factors like lichen, moss, weeds and cracks can ruin your carefully designed driveway.

Regular monitoring of the pavers is necessary and you should repair minor cracks. If you see some severe damage, you should replace the pavers. If the pavers or bricks are sunken, reset them. Any weeds should be pulled out and border material that is lost should be replaced. Read the instructions on the material and reseal the pavers accordingly. Also keep them free from damaging factors like moss and lichen.

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Concrete Driveways

Concrete is the best material for the driveway to look at and requires the lowest maintenance. However, it’s also one of the priciest materials and so, it’s important to protect it from any damage so that you need not replace it sooner than expected.

Rain can leak beneath the driveway and can shift the ground which leads to cracks and crumbling. If your area receives thaws and freezes, the risk is even higher.

Check the driveway carefully for any holes, cracks or crumbling. Check it a second time immediately after the rain and check if there are any spots of standing water.

Caulk and seal cracks and seal damaged expansion joints. Level out any low areas with a concrete re-surfacer. If any area has sunken, lift it up.

Asphalt Driveways

Asphalt makes a smooth durable driveway for your vehicles and offers attractive looks to your home. However, it needs regular care to stay so.

Check your asphalt driveway in spring to find any damage caused by the winter and the following extreme temperatures. Patch any potholes, repair any cracks and pull out any weeds. Consider using a weed-proof mat and rubber mulch along the edges to eliminate the weed problem.

Gravel Driveway

This is the most inexpensive material for a driveway but it needs regular care without which it can turn into a muddy chaos full of holes and dips. Make sure especially after rains that water is not pooling anywhere. Repair any ruts and potholes, kill any weeds, repair the drainage system and fill in any lost gravel.

Maintain your driveway with these tips and you and your guests will enjoy a smooth entry in your home for years to come.

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