Time to refurbish your driveway? We give you the lowdown on the project, the process and why replacing your existing driveway with resin offers a savvier solution.
As the focal point of your home, an attractive driveway can make or break buyer decisions, with external aesthetics setting the tone for expectations of what’s inside. With this in mind, taking the time to refurbish your driveway makes sound financial sense.
All driveway materials have their weaknesses, but if you’re aware of these ahead of time, you can address these causes for concern, before they’re beyond repair.
-Refurbishing Concrete Driveways
For concrete driveways, cleaning and sealing is key. By addressing problems as they happen, you prevent your driveway from requiring replacement later on. Let’s take a look at these two processes in a little more detail:
Sealing: In terms of concrete driveway maintenance, sealing is an essential part of the package. Sealers are easy to source from most large-scale home improvement stores, protecting concrete blocks from inevitable wear and tear.
Cleaning: Oil and diesel spillages are pretty much par for the course-but that doesn’t automatically mean that they’re there to stay. By cleaning up all leaks and stains immediately, you prevent them from penetrating into deeper layers of the concrete.
-Refurbishing Brick Driveways
Although more costly than other materials, with regular maintenance, a brick driveway can stand the test of time, making a stylistic statement for many years to come. Here’s the three-step process you should follow to ensure it functions effectively:
Remove Grass or Weeds: Spot check your driveway every week to check for weeds between bricks. You should ensure you pull up the whole plant (including its root system) to minimises chances of regrowth.
Sweeping: Set aside time in your schedule for regular sweeping. This removes dirt built up between bricks, minimising the chance of it becoming compacted at a later date (and leading to future complications with cleaning.)
Power Washing or Wet Cleaning: Wet clean your driveway with the aide of a hard bristle brush, hot water and a few drops of soap detergent. Scrub vigorously, then rinse with a garden hose. For tougher stains, a power washer is more preferential.
-Refurbishing Gravel Driveways
For projects with tighter budgets, gravel offers a far more affordable alternative. Unfortunately, the ongoing maintenance it requires inevitably eats into your time, as the following points demonstrate:
Weeding: Wanton weeds can easily grow through gravel. To combat this, vinegar and salt can prove useful. If the problem persists, a maximum strength weed killer ought to do the trick.
Raking: Regular raking is crucial. You should aim to rake gravel weekly, as this ensures the surface remains level, and minimises potential displacements.
Potholes: If you opt for gravel, you can quickly run into problems with potholes. Thankfully, these are relatively easy to solve. Rake back the gravel, and fill any exposed holes with sand. Replace the gravel, and level it over. Problem solved!
-Refurbishing Asphalt Driveways
A popular choice among homeowners, an asphalt driveway is an asset to any property-as long as it comes complete with the care and attention it deserves. By pursuing these fail-proof procedures, your asphalt surface will remain fully intact, regardless of weather:
Rinsing: Inspect your driveway weekly for signs of disarray. Dirt and debris can quickly mount up, so hose down your driveway. Cracks can also appear over time, so pay attention to any potential surface weaknesses so you can act on them with immediate effect.
Spills: Remove excess spillages with absorbent towels or old rags. If the stain is still all-pervasive, a detergent with a degreaser is necessary. Scrub all affected areas rigorously to avoid long-term discolouration of the asphalt.
-Refurbishing Flagstone Driveways
For those with period properties, a flagstone driveway blends in with existing backdrops, providing a seamless solution. Don’t let spills and stains detract from your driveway’s aesthetic appeal; apply these top tips instead:
Cleaning: Although they don’t require as much maintenance as other materials, you would still be wise to clean your flagstones once a month.
Stains: To prevent stains, flagstone driveways require specialist products, which contain muriatic acid. If you embark on this task, gloves and safety goggles are important, and you should follow the instructions at all times.
Refurbishment Or Replacement?
In some instances, taking the time to refurbish your driveway is a case of too little, too late. Soil type definitely plays its part, as driveways situated on sandy or clay soil are prone to subsidence, resulting in an unstable sub-base that’s unable to provide sufficient support to the surface.
Adverse weather also causes considerable challenges to driveways. Driveway materials such as concrete and asphalt are subject to the freeze/thaw phenomenon, creating large-scale cracks in the surface that are decidedly difficult to repair.
If the cost of repair and refurbishment is on a par with the price of replacement, opting for the latter offers a more lasting solution long-term.
Why You Should Replace Your Driveway With Resin
Desperately seeking a long-term driveway solution? Resin offers the ultimate remedy to every driveway dilemma. Fully SUDs compliant, resin adheres to the latest regulations, enabling water to drain away from your driveway with ease.
But we don’t want to give you just that. Here’s a selection of some of the other brilliant benefits you can reap with resin:
- Professional installation informed by years of expertise
- Able to take the weight of heavy vehicles*
- Wonderfully weed resistant
- Perfectly puddle free
- An environmentally-friendly product
- Extra anti-slip and UV stable options available
Drive your resale value in the right direction by investing in resin. It’s time to refurbish your driveway this spring. Request your free site survey today by calling: 0800 1700 636.