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5 Quick Tips for Easy Driveway Maintenance

When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your driveway?

Even though both you and your guests encounter it every day, your driveway is one of the most overlooked aspects of your home’s curb appeal. Today may be a good day to walk outside and take note of any cracks, holes, weeds, or repairs needed. After all, today’s minor problems could turn into big headaches tomorrow.

Whether you’re opening your home to potential buyers or cleaning up your new house to welcome guests, don’t overlook the first spot they see. We’ve put together five quick tips that make driveway maintenance easy, no matter what kind of driveway you have. But first, let’s take a look at the different kinds of driveway materials.

4 Popular Types of Driveways

Most driveways are constructed of one of four popular materials: gravel, paving stones, asphalt, or concrete.

Gravel Driveways

Gravel driveways are the most economical to install, but they require the most maintenance. There are many options for type, color, and style of gravel to match any home’s style. However, gravel is also likely to shift, pit, and track through the lawn. Proper maintenance of your gravel driveway can keep it in good shape for years.

Paving Stone Driveways

Because of the amount of labor required, paver driveways are the most expensive to install. However, when installing permeable pavers, paved stone driveways offer the best combination of solid surface and water drainage. This makes pavers an attractive addition to green homes, as they mimic the way the natural land absorbs water and reduce the burden of storm drains.

Asphalt Driveways

When properly maintained, asphalt is smooth, durable, and an attractive feature for your home. However, it does require regular care to make sure that small cracks don’t lead to big crumbles. Wash the driveway regularly with a hose to check for water buildup and small cracks or tears. Spills, such as motor oil, may not affect the look of the driveway, but they can cause deterioration.

Concrete Driveways

Concrete driveways are also an expensive option, but if you have one already, consider yourself lucky. In addition to being one of the more attractive driveway options, they are also generally the easiest to maintain. However, when any flaws do arise, it’s important to take care of them quickly so that you don’t have to worry about replacement before you’re ready.

5 Quick Tips for Easy Driveway Maintenance

No matter the surface material of your driveway, it’s easy to maintain it by:

  1. Cleaning it properly.

  2. Filling in cracks and holes.

  3. Checking the water flow.

  4. Protecting it at the edges.

  5. And treating it with care.

Keep reading to learn more about how to maintain your driveway for a longer life.

1. Clean It Properly

Over time, driveways show the same seasonal wear and tear as any exterior feature of your home. For solid surface driveways, treat any stains as they occur to ensure that they’re easy to remove. Pull out any encroaching weeds and treat your driveway to prevent future growth. Power wash or wet clean all but gravel driveways. Sweep, rake, or otherwise remove tree debris that could cause stains, accidents, or future weeds.

2. Fill Cracks and Holes

Examine your driveway carefully for cracks or holes, as well as crumbling concrete, asphalt, or paver stones.