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A new driveway can be quite an expense, but it also adds value and curb appeal to your home. Well maintained driveways show that you take pride in your home and make it look welcoming.
In this Driveway Guides article, we will outline how you can care and maintain many types of driveways in less than one hour a month. One hour is very manageable for most homeowners and many of the tips cost little to no money.
In addition to the tips below, here are few things you should always do to maintain your driveway, regardless of the type:
- Remove stains immediately
- Don’t use deicing chemicals
- Avoid the heavy traffic of large moving vans and construction equipment
- Snow plows should not be used on it
CONCRETE DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE
The key to keeping your concrete driveway looking great is with cleaning and sealing it on a regular basis.
Sealing: Concrete driveways should be sealed about every 2 years or when you notice that the finish is starting to show signs of wear. This is assuming your driveway is used for normal everyday traffic and you do not live in an area with overly severe weather. If your concrete drive is at a business, you may need to seal more often. There are many good sealers on the market and you can find them at any big box home improvement store.
Cleaning: How often your concrete driveway needs to be cleaned primarily depends on the amount of traffic it receives and what type of vehicles are parked on it. Obviously, any fluid leaks should be cleaned up immediately because it can seep into the concrete and discolor it and break it down from the bottom up. Here is a full tutorial from Lowes on how to clean your concrete driveway.
BRICK DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE
A brick driveway can be a time-consuming and expensive driveway to have installed, so proper maintenance is especially important to help it last longer and looking great.
Remove Grass or Weeds: At least once a week, take a walk over your driveway and remove any weeds or grass that may have started to grow in between the bricks. This is the first step to proper maintenance of your brick driveway.
Sweeping: Brick driveways will regularly buildup lots of dirt and mud in between the bricks. Buy yourself a good outdoor sweeper and get on a regular schedule of sweeping your driveway to remove excess dirt from between the bricks. This will keep it from packing down and making for a more difficult cleaning process.
Power Washing or Wet Cleaning: You can wet-clean your brick driveway by using a hard bristle brush, hot water and a few drops of soap detergent. Scrub well then rinse with a garden hose. For more tough stains, you may need to use a power washer. Be warned: Do not use a power washer if you have any loose pavers. This will cause the water to go underneath and risk more bricks becoming loose. Here is a great video on how to pressure wash a brick driveway.