Spring Maintenance Tips for your Driveway or Patio
Spring is here, and as the weather warms up you will start to notice the damage that has been left by the winter on your driveway or patio. It’s is best to get these issues repaired before the spring and summer rain and temperature changes can turn these minor issues into a major headache. By doing so you can retain your driveway or patio’s beauty and functionality and prevent having to replace sooner than you have to. Whether you find cracks, dips, holes, or crumbles we have some tips below on ways to repair and protect your driveway or patio.
Asphalt Driveways & Parking Areas
Asphalt is used mainly for driveways and parking areas. It is one of the most common materials used because it is economical and provides a smooth, durable surface for vehicles. A well-maintained asphalt driveway can be an attractive feature for your home. Asphalt does need regular care to stay solid as little cracks left unaddressed can turn your driveway into an eyesore.
Check your driveway every spring, as the winter weather may inflict some harm. Check for any cracks, holes, or weed intrusions along the edges. Be sure to check your driveway after it rains to see if there are any areas where water collects on the surface. Repair any cracks and patch and fill all holes or low spots you may find. Pull any weeds that have begun to grow along the edge of the driveway. Be sure to continue to clean up the edges with an edging tool or hoe throughout the spring, summer, and fall to prevent weeds from growing into the driveway. It is recommended to Seal-coat your asphalt driveway every other year and always keep your driveway clean by hosing it off regularly throughout the year.
Concrete Driveways & Patios
Concrete is one of the most appealing and the least maintenance for constructing a driveway or patio. However, it is also one of the most expensive making it very important to fix any issues as soon as possible. Here in the Midwest we live in a climate where there can be multiple freezes and thaws causing greater risk of damage. Rain can seep underneath of your driveway and cause the ground to shift, leading to cracking and crumbling. Water can also pool in any low spots on your driveway’s surface and cause cracking.
Examine your driveway carefully, checking for any cracks, holes, or crumbling concrete. Be sure to check for cracks on the surfaces as well as inside of the expansion joints. It is also a good idea to do a check after a heavy rain, especially if there has been any areas with standing water near by. Caulk and seal any cracks that you find and seal any damaged expansion joints. Clear away any loose crumbles and use a concrete re-surfacer to level out any low spots on damaged concrete. If any areas have begun to sink below the other sections have them lifted to prevent them from sinking further and cracking.
Gravel Driveways & Parking Areas
Gravel is least expensive and is most commonly used for extremely long driveways or large parking areas. However, Gravel driveways need regular care or they can turn into a muddy mess with lots of dips and ruts.
Check your driveway for any holes or ruts and make sure that water isn’t pooling anywhere. If your gravel driveway isn’t draining water properly, you will continue to struggle with frequent holes and gravel loss. Repair potholes and ruts, fill in any lost gravel, and repair your driveway’s drainage system if necessary. Kill all weeds you find growing in your driveway. Repeat this process at least twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Brick or Paver Driveways & Patios
A driveway made from bricks or pavers is often the most pleasing to the eye. It can give your home a charming appeal or allow you to craft unique geometric designs. But damaging forces such as ground shifting, cracking, weeds, moss, and lichen can cause destruction to your beautiful creation.
Check your pavers for cracks, damage, and for those that have sunken or shifted. Reset sunken or shifted pavers, replace any damaged pavers, and repair any you find with minor cracks. Pull any weeds that start to grow and treat with weed control to prevent future growth. Replace any lost driveway border material. Clean and Re-seal your pavers according to the instructions for the material. Continue to keep clean and free of damaging growths throughout the warmer months.