Driveway Maintenance 101: Five Top Tips

Whether you’ve just had a new driveway installed or want to look after the surface now that it’s getting older, in this article we’re taking a look at five top tips to help you boost the longevity of your driveway, and keep it looking good for longer. 

Driveway maintenance shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, a new driveway represents a significant investment for most of us, and its condition and appearance can have a notable effect on the value and saleability of your property. Ask yourself this: If you were presented with two otherwise identical properties, one of which had an immaculate driveway and the other had a worn, tired looking frontage, which property would you choose? 

With that in mind, here are five of our top driveway maintenance tips. Stick to these and your driveway should stand the test of time!

Maintenance varies by surface

Every surface is different, and each one has its own set of maintenance requirements. From resin bound surfaces to gravel, tarmac, asphalt, block paving, concrete and everything in between, every surface is unique. Some require more maintenance than others, so make sure you know exactly what your surface is and understand how to maintain it. If in doubt, speak to the company that originally installed it. 

Keep it clean

One of the easiest and most important steps you can take is to keep your driveway clean. Most surfaces will respond well to a straightforward sweep with a broom and a pressure washing session, which can usually remove embedded dirt for a like-new appearance.

Avoid harsh chemicals and products

As we just touched on, cleaning most driveways is pretty simple – there’s rarely a need for any special cleaning chemicals. In fact, these are usually best avoided unless you know what you’re doing! We’d recommend steering clear of salt too – this can prematurely wear your driveway

Prevent standing water

If you experience standing water on your driveway, consider investing in improved drainage to prevent this. Standing water can wreak havoc over time, particularly if it freezes in winter. 

Take care of the driveway edges

Often, driveways wear more quickly at the edges than elsewhere – the edges are more vulnerable and susceptible to chips from things like shovels. Take care when gardening to avoid damaging the edges of your driveway, as even small damage can eventually spread as the weather takes its toll. 

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