As the weather gets colder and winter sets in, it’s necessary to take steps to protect your driveway. Tarmac, asphalt and gravel driveways can all suffer from the cold weather if they are not properly cared for.
Luckily, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you keep your driveway in perfect condition all winter long! Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful driveway for years to come.
1. Inspect Your Driveway Regularly
Regularly inspecting your driveway for any premature signs of wear and tear is a great way to keep repair costs at bay. Look for cracks, pits, holes, or displaced stones (if you have a gravel driveway).
2. Repair Damages Immediately
Any small cracks, pits, or damage should be addressed promptly to prevent more costly repairs down the line. Excessively damaged driveways may require extensive resurfacing or even rebuilding, which could be quite an expensive investment that can easily be avoided with proper maintenance. Regularly inspecting and addressing minor issues ensures your driveway will remain in top shape for many years to come!
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3. Keep Leaves and Other Debris Off Your Driveway, Paths, and Patios
Keeping paths, patios, and tarmac driveways free of leaves and other debris is key to preventing staining and any further damage. If left unchecked, matted leaves can discolour paths. Even worse, it can destroy the driveway’s surface by blocking gaps in the tarmac, which trap water. Doing something as simple as regularly sweeping paths and raking up leaves from driveways could make all the difference in avoiding lasting damage to surfaces.
4. Sweep or Hose Down Your Driveway on a Regular Basis
Keeping your property looking shipshape is important not only for visual appeal but also in terms of safety. Regularly sweeping or hosing down your driveway will help remove dirt and grime build-up that can contribute to slipping or falling hazards.
Taking a few minutes to clean your driveway can go a long way towards protecting your family from preventable accidents and injuries.
5. Rake Your Gravel Driveway Regularly to Keep Stones in Place
Gravel driveways can be a great addition to any home and offer impressive durability while adding aesthetic interest. However, it’s important to regularly rake your gravel driveway to maintain proper usage and keep the stones in place.
By raking each section at least twice a year, you can redistribute any gravel that has gotten out of place due to elements such as winter weather or seasonal tire traffic. This will ensure that the look of your driveway is always inviting and attractive.
Furthermore, regular raking of your gravel driveway will keep it safe and ensure that any rainwater or snowmelt moves away from the driveway instead of collecting on the surface. Taking good care of your gravel driveway is integral to keeping its beauty and functionality intact!
6. Don’t Overuse Salt or Other Chemicals on Your Driveway
Be careful when using salt or other chemicals on your driveway – too much can damage the surface. In addition, spilling salt or other chemicals on the ground can quickly damage plants near the driveway and may even become an environmental hazard if left unchecked.
For these reasons, take extra care when applying such materials and avoid overusing them altogether. With the right amount of caution and personal responsibility, you can make your property look great without endangering the environment around it.
7. Avoid Parking in the Same Spot Everyday
If you are one of those who always park on the same spot at work or your other usual haunts, be warned! Parking on the same area weakens the structural integrity of that spot over time. Moreover, it can also lead to depressions on the ground beneath your car.
Eventually, undesired plummets and deformations can occur on that part of your driveway or car park space, making it an eye sore or uneven with other spaces. Moreover, this can be a potential hazard if you don’t take precautions.
To avoid depressions and maintain a level terrain on your usual parking spot, try moving around different spots occasionally.
8. Seal Your Asphalt Driveway Every Few Years
Your asphalt driveway is an asset to your home and deserves proper care and maintenance like anything else. Sealing your asphalt driveway every few years is a great way to preserve and protect it.
A top-notch sealant can keep the elements out, retain moisture, keep out organic material, fix hairline cracks, and even contribute to the overall aesthetics of your home. To add, sealing your asphalt more frequently than every few years can provide added longevity and help you get the most value out of your driveway.
Reap all the benefits that a well-sealed asphalt driveway offers with minimal effort today! Contact us to learn more about our professional driveway sealing services!
9. Trim Trees and Shrubs Around Your Property
Keeping your driveway clear of branches, leaves, and debris is essential for longevity. Trimming trees and shrubs around the property is an easy way to ensure that those natural elements don’t make their way onto the driveway. Not only will this help keep it looking neat and tidy, but it can also reduce the risk of any branches or leaves becoming stuck around the edges or blocking out water which can lead to problems with moss growing or a raised surface.
Suffice it to say, taking a few moments to keep on top of that trimming is a great way to protect your driveway over time!
Driveways are an important part of every home and should be kept in good condition to avoid any damage. By following these simple tips, you can keep your driveway looking great all winter long.
Need help maintaining, repairing, or installing a new driveway? Our team at Kildare Tarmac & Asphalt would be happy to assist you. Get in touch with us today if you’re near County Wicklow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois or Meath. Call us on 045 896 261 / 087 257 0867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a free quote!