Residential driveway maintenance can put a lot of work in your hands. However, how you decide to approach the repairs and maintenance can reduce the amount of cost and effort needed in the future. As the summer time approaches, you decide to fully replace your driveway, or maybe, move into a new home and want to keep your property in pristine condition. The question arises “What can I do to make sure that I won’t have to replace it anytime soon?”. The worst-case scenario is finding out that your driveway needs to be replaced much sooner than you expected. This is something you definitely want to avoid, especially after all that hard work you’ve done.
What Causes it?
Costly damages can occur during the blazing summers where sunlight magnifies on a single spot over 8 hours a day. During the winter time, water seeps into air pockets, freezing, then unfreezing, expanding and eroding bigger holes several times a year. On top of that, salt and any other non-friendly environmental solutions poured into the driveway can also melt away the protective surface layer and make your residential driveway maintenance much more troublesome.
Tips on Residential Driveway Maintenance
Following these steps will help to extend the longevity and beauty of your property.
- Clear the driveway of any solvents or heavy piles of rocks
Just as we have mentioned in the section above, non-environmentally solutions can eventually leak into the core of the aggregate material and lead to serious internal problems. It’s best to wash your driveway from time-to-time clearing these solvents.
- Keep bricks clean and occasionally rebuff the polymeric sand content
This will improve the interlock and therefore the durability and stability of a paved surface.
- Let the installation settle in
For freshly installed asphalt or concrete driveways, wait at least 5-7 days to park your car over it in extremely hot weather (in colder times of the year, you might just get away with 3). Interlocking brick installations can be parked on as soon as the installation is complete.
- Frequently seal your driveway
If your driveway was created from asphalt pavement or concrete pavement, the recommended time is every 1-3 years. This, however, depends on the severity of the weather. Of course, as you see a split within the driveway, it’s best to repair it as soon as possible to prevent any spreading. This is similar to having a chip in your windshield.
Consistent proper care is essential to residential driveway maintenance and can end up saving you thousands of dollars and grief. Additionally, the price of your property will be constantly increasing. Your visitors or potential buyers will also have a great first impression of your property, seeing a beautifully polished driveway. After all, it’s one of the first things they see as soon as they come to your home.
If you want to improve your driveway, or need advice, feel free to contact us for a free quote. We have the professionals and we’re here to help find what’s best for you.