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Driveway Maintenance That Won't Make You Sweat

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jun 28, 2016

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The above pictures showns a metal carport with an optional front gable and it is anchored to asphalt.

When visitors arrive at your house, the first thing they see is your driveway. So you probably want it to look as nice as possible, right? Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to maintain the appealing condition of your driveway. Here are some examples.

Concrete Driveways

One simple way to maintain the condition of your concrete driveway is to get out the old broom to sweep once or twice a week. I consider it good exercise, and you can wave to your neighbors while you're working! You may be sweeping away sharp pieces of metal or glass that can scratch the surface of your driveway. Another maintenance tip is to get rid of stains right away. For instance, you may move your car out of the driveway one day only to discover an oil stain. Cat litter can absorb oil and grease on concrete. You could also try to remove small stains with baking soda and a scrub brush. If it's a large stain, you may want to buy some degreaser from the hardware store. De-icers contain chemicals such as ammonium nitrates that can sometimes leave stains behind or even cause chipping in concrete. To avoid this damage, try using sand to improve the traction on an icy driveway. Patching cracks is another way to maintain your driveway. Power-washing can get rid of mildew and mold that may be on the surface. Using a sealant every two years is another effective way to maintain your driveway.

Asphalt Driveways

An asphalt driveway takes a little more maintenance than one made of concrete. One tip for maintaining an asphalt driveway is to seal it every three to five years. It's also important to remove oil stains from asphalt. Put a commercial degreaser on the stain, rinse it with water, and sweep the mess away with a broom. If cracks appear in the asphalt, it's best to repair them immediately. Crack filler can be purchased at home improvement and hardware stores. First, you must clean the dirt out of the crack with a wire brush. Next, rinse it with water, let it dry, and apply the crack filler. Over time, potholes can appear in an asphalt driveway due to changes in temperature. Fortunately, there are ways to fix a pothole in a driveway. You can buy asphalt patch products to fill in these holes so they don't damage your car tires or impact the overall condition of the driveway.

Tips for Avoiding Damage to a Driveway

One of the best ways to keep your driveway in good condition is to avoid certain practices. For instance, don't change your car's oil in the driveway. No matter how careful you are, there's a good chance that you could spill oil. In addition, avoid shoveling snow with a metal shovel that has a gnarled steel edge. Sharp points on the steel edge of your shovel can scrape and scratch the surface of concrete or asphalt. A little extra care can keep your driveway looking great.

Thanks for reading! -Alan

Topics: driveway maintenance

 

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