Your driveway plays an important role for your home, both cosmetically and functionally. Unfortunately, your driveway probably took a beating during the big polar vortex of 2013-2014. Cracks, crumbling and potholes form during colder months, and it’s essential to take care of the problem now, before spring’s rains and summer’s weeds can make the problem worse and shorten the life of your driveway. Read on to learn the 4 key steps that will help you protect your driveway and preserve your investment in your home.
Before you can get a good look at your driveway, it’s important to clean away any dirt, debris or growths that have built up over the last few months. Sweep away any leaves or other debris, pull any weeds, and use Wet & Forget Outdoor to take care of moss, lichen, green algae, black algae, or mold and mildew on your driveway. Click here for more details on driveway cleanup.
Now that your driveway is clean and weed-free, take a close look at its surface. If you have a gravel driveway, look for any low spots or areas of gravel loss. The easiest time to spot low areas on your gravel driveway is just after it rains, when you can look for puddles in your driveway. Also check for any low spots in your asphalt or concrete driveway, and look for any water drainage issues, no matter what type of driveway you have. Poor water drainage is a primary culprit for damage on all types of driveway.
Next, check your driveway for any potholes. These are major problems, and you will need to repair them first to keep them from growing worse, or from causing sprained ankles or car damage. Next, look for any crumbling areas or cracks. Click here for more information on damaging driveway problems.
Now that you’ve identified the damage, it’s time to nip it in the bud before it can get worse. Spring thunderstorms will dump enough water on your driveway to exacerbate any damage, and weeds will grow into any cracks and push them farther apart, so now is the perfect time to repair damage and protect your driveway. Click here for information on repairing your concrete or asphalt driveway, and here to learn about repairing your gravel driveway or driveway made of pavers.
4. Seal Coat
Seal coating is a wonderful way to protect your asphalt or concrete driveway, and the perfect time to seal coat is just after you’ve cleaned and repaired your driveway. Experts recommend seal coating asphalt driveways every 3 to 10 years, and concrete driveways every 5 years or so. Click here to learn how to seal coat your asphalt driveway, and here to learn how to seal coat your concrete driveway. And remember: Wet & Forget Outdoor will remove any moss, lichen, algae, mold or mildew from your driveway before you seal coat it.
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