Driveways maintenance tips

Installing a new driveway isn’t the cheapest home improvement but often it’s crucial for the aesthetics of your home and adds a significant amount to the kerb appeal. By keeping your driveway well maintained you’re showing pride in your home, whilst adding a welcoming feeling to the property.

Use this guide for advice on the best ways to maintain your driveway, costing little and covering a range of surfaces.

Remember, no matter which driveway you have it’s important to:

  • Remove stains quickly
  • Not use deicing chemicals
  • Avoid using large vehicles such as lorries

Concrete Driveway Maintenance

With concrete driveways the key to keeping the surface in good condition is with cleaning and sealing.

Sealing: Sealing can help to prolong the life of your driveway, keeping it in a great condition for years. Sealing the driveway every two years is often recommended and it’s also important to do this if the driveway begins to wear.

Of course, the time is only an estimate and accounts for areas with normal traffic and weather conditions. Sealers can be found in most home improvement stores and each will have instructions for use.

Cleaning: The cleaning of your driveway will often depend on how often it’s used and the type of vehicles rolling over it. Any fluid such as oil needs to be cleaned immediately because it can discolour the concrete if left unattended to. Power washers prove very good for concrete driveways and will remove most dirt and grime that accumulates.

Brick Driveway Maintenance
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Block driveways are notoriously expensive and often take a while to install. Therefore you want to ensure keeping the finished look in great condition. Proper maintenance will do this and there are several ways to keep an excellent appearance.

Removing grass or weeds: As long as you keep this up, the job won’t take too long. Once a week, just walk over your driveway and remove any weeds that start to spring up between the gaps in your concrete. Leaving it too long turns this into a chore whereas it’s a five minute job if performed often enough.

Sweeping: Brick and stone driveways often see a gathering of dirt and mud between the tiles, but this can be removed easily enough with a decent outdoor sweeper. As with the weeds, do this on a regular basis and you’ll prevent the dirt from packing down and being harder to eradicate.

Power Washing: Power washers can be a great purchase and are excellent for the upkeep of driveways. One word of advice though is not to use them on loose slabs because the water could go underneath and dislodge them further.

Another option for cleaning is with a bristle brush and hot water. After the driveway has been scrubbed, you can use a garden hose to clear the mess away.

Gravel Driveway Maintenance

Gravel driveways are one of the cheapest options for homeowners and are becoming more and more popular around the country. They look great too, but to keep this appearance you’ll need to carry out a little bit of maintenance from time to time.

Weeding: Weeds are prone on gravel driveways and to keep them at bay it’s best to use a weed killer across the whole surface.

Raking: Raking the driveway is a great way to keep the surface level. This can be done once a week and it’s recommended to do it regularly.

Potholes: The appearance of potholes is one of the main reasons homeowners will opt for another surface entirely. But in actual fact they’re very easy to fix. When a pothole appears simply rake back the gravel, fill with sand and then replace the gravel. Not exactly a demanding job.
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Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

Apart from concrete, asphalt is an extremely popular driveway choice. It looks fantastic and when well-maintained this effect will last for years. However, the key is maintenance and without following the below tips your new driveway can go downhill quickly.

Rinsing: This is a straight forward job and can be carried out with the garden hose. It’s recommended to do this once a week and will simply wash away dirt and debris to stop a large build-up. By doing this you can also spot cracks quickly.

Spills: Essentially you want to avoid spills of oil or petrol on the surface but unfortunately that can’t always be the case. If there is a spillage, use towels or rags to immediately soak up the liquid. Then use a hose to wash away as much as possible. If the stain is still present though then a detergent with brush can help to remove this.

Seal Coating: after your asphalt driveway has been installed you shouldn’t need to reseal, except for aesthetic appeal. Sealing should only be done after repairs have been made if necessary by a specialist, or if you have fixed large cracks.

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