When people are looking to maintain or beautify their Raleigh homes, unfortunately, they often overlook their driveway. Your driveway is going to be one of the first things people notice about your home, as well as serving as an invitation to visit. You want it to look as nice as possible to help maintain your property values, and help people feel good whenever they visit your home.
Maintaining the look and feel of your Raleigh driveway isn’t that hard, and can become part of your overall home maintenance plans. Here are some of the best ways to keep your driveway looking great, or even upgrade its appearance!
Tips For Maintaining an Amazing Driveway
- Take care of any damage quickly
Driveways can can hard but brittle, and it can also be damaged by rapid temperature changes – particularly if water gets into it, and then freezes. Once damage is done to a driveway, that damage won’t go away. It will only get worse over time, and this can happen surprisingly quickly. Small cracks turn into big cracks, and minor damage turns into major potholes.
Stay on top of repairs and patch your driveway whenever you see damage, to prevent the situation from getting worse.
- Periodically pressure-wash it
Pressure washing is the best and easiest way to clean a driveway. It can stand up to high pressure water, which can also ‘dig in’ to it and get out dirt and debris which have gotten into the porous surface.
You can hire a company to pressure-wash the driveway if you like, although it’s typically cheaper to simply rent a pressure washer and do it yourself. Most driveways only need an hour or two of spraying, and they’ll look almost as good as new.
- Consider sealcoating
Sealcoating means applying a layer of finisher on top of a driveway. This finisher does several things at once:
- Sealcoating improves the look of your Raleigh driveway.
- Sealcoating protects the driveway against UV light and oxidation, which can break it down over time.
- Sealcoating helps prevent cracking due to weather-related expansion or contraction.
- Sealcoating is easier to clean and maintain while preventing oil stains.
- Sealcoating extends the lifespan of your driveway.
The ‘look’ of sealcoating isn’t necessarily right for every home, but if you want an affordable way to keep your driveway looking great for years, residential sealcoating is a good option.
- Add a border
One of the simplest ways to enhance the look of a driveway is simply adding a border, such as a line of colored bricks along each side. This is an extremely affordable upgrade, since bricks are cheap, and pretty much anyone could do the installation themselves in an afternoon.
If you want to get more ambitious, you could also add landscaping that flanks the driveway, such as shrubbery or flowers. If you’re thinking shrubs, just make sure to leave enough holes that it’s easy to walk on and off the driveway during everyday use.
- Install better lighting
Great lighting effects around a driveway serve three purposes, making it a great upgrade even if the initial cost can be a bit high.
First, good lighting can help a home look amazing at night, and turns your driveway into a showpiece even at night. We recommend this especially if you like to host parties in the evening or nighttime.
Also, good lighting helps with visibility. This is particularly important if your driveway is far enough from your door that tripping hazards could be a problem, or if you want to make sure visitors don’t walk on the grass.
Finally, a well-lit home is less likely to attract attention from burglars. More lighting is actually one of the best security measures you can implement while bringing plenty of practical benefits at the same time.
Blalock Paving Are Your Raleigh Driveway Specialists
Since 1968, we’ve been a leading driveway contractor in Raleigh and across the triangle. We’re fully licensed, certified, and insured, so you can always trust your property to us, no matter the scope of the job. We can repair your old driveway, install a new one, or help with beautification, such as adding more paved paths around your home. Our long history of success speaks for itself – just check our photo gallery of past projects.
If it’s time to install or upgrade a new driveway, contact us for a free estimate!