Home Maintenance

Tips On Driveway Maintenance And Repair For New Homeowners

After overcoming the challenge of buying a home, homeowners are tasked with a new trial:
properly maintaining the property. Often, this leads them into unfamiliar territory. One
example of maintenance that some find daunting is all the upkeep needed for a driveway. To
help get the most out of your driveway’s lifespan, let’s go over a few maintenance, upkeep and
repair basics.

First, there are many types of materials used for driveways. Each one has pros and cons when it
comes to maintenance, appearance, environmental impact, etc. To keep things simple, we’ll go
over the top two popular choices: asphalt and concrete.

Asphalt, also known as blacktop, is an affordable option that’s also quick to install. Although the
lifespan for this material is shorter than others, it can last more than 20 to 25 years when cared
for properly. A drawback is that, as a petroleum product, asphalt is one of the least
environmentally friendly options for a driveway.

Concrete is another frequently chosen material. Its popularity comes from the fact that it is a
robust material capable of withstanding any climate. The lifespan of concrete is up to 40 years,
depending on the level of care, and requires relatively little routine maintenance. There’s also
an environmental cost to concrete, but it’s not as high as asphalt.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent damage and fight off general wear and tear for both
types. One of the leading preventive measures is water control. By minimizing the amount of
water penetrating the surface, these materials can be better protected. Homeowners are
encouraged to direct downspouts away from the driveway and into the yard. Likewise,
establishing a two- to three-inch protective runoff area around the driveway’s edges could go a
long way in preventing damage brought on by water.

Other preventive actions include cleaning it regularly, avoiding chemical de-icers and salt for
cement, and being careful when shoveling snow, since scrapes can make the surface more
permeable. Of course, no matter how much effort is put into the driveway, cracks and other
signs of damage will eventually appear. Some of these can be handled by the homeowner,
while others may be difficult to hide, patch or repair yourself.

For instance, most homeowners can seal-coat an asphalt driveway on their own every year.
They just need the right supplies and know-how. Bigger problems, on the other hand, are a job
best left to the professionals. If your concrete driveway starts to sink, repair services should be
enlisted to raise and level it. The same goes for a full replacement. When the driveway has
reached the end of its lifespan, majorly subsided or is otherwise considerably impaired, you
should put your trust in the experts.

Want to learn more? Check out the accompanying resource for further information on other
types of driveway materials and how to maintain them.


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