Are you worried that your driveway is letting your home’s potential shine through?

Over time, a lot of damage can start to show on your driveway. Maybe the concrete has gotten thin in places, or maybe it’s developed cracks that need filling in. If not repaired, either of these can mean that your vehicle will take damage when you’re driving on the driveway.

What’s worse, cracks in the driveway can store water, meaning your driveway will suffer from moisture damage, too!

To battle this, all you need to do is make sure that you perform regular driveway maintenance. But what is “regular maintenance,” and how often should you do it?

To learn everything you need to know on proper driveway maintenance, keep reading!

1. Cleaning Properly

Pressure washing driveways and vehicles regularly help extend their lifespan and improve the look of your property. Clean it twice a year with the use of a garden hose, stiff-bristled, and a pressure washer. First, remove any debris or items on the driveway, and remove any weeds showing around the edges.

Then sweep off dirt and oil stains with the stiff bristled broom, use the high-pressure nozzle from the garden hose to rinse away dirt and debris, then use the pressure washer to remove any hardened dirt and other unwanted materials from the driveway.

2. Filling in Cracks And Holes

This is important for preserving the longevity of your driveway for years to come. Using patching compounds or sealants, fill any cracks or holes larger than ¼ inch in size. Be sure to choose the appropriate patch for the material of your driveway and clear out any dirt or debris from the hole before filling it.

Also, clean the crack or hole with a wire brush and a water hose before filling it. Level out the patch, and then allow the patch to dry thoroughly before driving or walking on your driveway.

3. Checking The Water Flow

Inspecting water lines every few months will ensure that there are no leaks in the line and that it is running properly. If you spot any signs of leakage, it’s important to address the issue immediately. Additionally, make sure you keep an eye on your patching and resurfacing job.

Although it may seem silly now, broken pavement or sunken areas in your driveway can cause water to turn stagnant, ruining your entire driveway. Finally, check for proper drainage. This can help prevent water from pooling up in areas and causing damage to the surface.

4. Protecting It At The Edges

Consider laying a gravel base to act as a deterrent for water. Additionally, experts suggest edging the driveway with plastic edging for added protection.

This edging should be installed underneath the gravel in order to provide an effective barrier against moisture. Finally, concrete or asphalt along the edge of the driveway can be used to create a seal that will protect the edge from further damage. 

Why Driveway Maintenance Should Be a Priority

Driveway maintenance is an important part of keeping your property in excellent condition. Experts recommend regular cleaning, sealing, and patching to keep your driveway looking and functioning at its best. Just a few hours a year of maintenance can save you much more in the future.

Don’t forget to check in with experts when you are unsure of the best way to maintain your driveway. Follow these tips and take advantage of expert advice to protect your driveway and home for years to come. 

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