As the winter season literally melts away, homeowners often have a long checklist of spring cleaning and maintenance tasks to perform. While we dislike adding more chores to your plate, prepping your driveway for the next season is critical to maintaining a beautiful and functional driveway that will continue to serve you well for years to come. We recommend adding the following four tasks to your checklist to prep your driveway for spring.
Spring Driveway Checklist
Give Your Driveway a Good Cleaning
Getting rid of dirt, debris, and other buildup on the surface of your driveway is necessary for a successful spring prep job. Winter often drags in excessive dirt, sand, salt, and other grime you don’t see the rest of the year. We recommend hosing off, or better yet, power washing the surface with a mild, eco-friendly cleaning solution and rinsing it off thoroughly with water.
Repair Cracks or Potholes
The next step on the checklist is repairing any cracks or potholes that may have accumulated over the winter season due to snow and ice damage. If you have larger holes around two inches wide or bigger, we recommend using a patch mix. To repair smaller cracks, use caulk manufactured specifically for gap filling between cement and asphalt surfaces.
Pro Tip: Crafty homeowners confident in their DIY skills can typically do this themselves. However, for busy or not-so-handy homeowners, we recommend hiring a professional to take care of it for you. They will ensure the task is completed quickly and effectively.
Sealcoat Your Driveway Before Summer
Using sealer on your driveway will protect it from weather damage caused by the upcoming spring rain and summer heat. Essentially, any minor crevices along the surface that water might seep into, causing further damage, will be better protected. It is typically recommended for homeowners to seal coat their driveways at least every two years (and more often if you live in areas with extreme seasonal changes).
Add Curbside Appeal
To finish off the job, add some curbside appeal! Adding decorative touches to your driveway takes almost no time and won’t break the bank either – plus, they look great showboating around neighborhood BBQs. Line up pots of flowers near the walls near your entranceways, add color with chalk drawings on concrete surfaces, or consider installing a fountain! That little bit of extra effort will go a long way in adding to your overall aesthetic and will increase the value of your home.
Signature Paving for Your Driveway Repairs
Regular maintenance and repairs are critical to ensure the functionality and longevity of any driveway. If winter caused your driveway to form cracks or potholes beyond your ability to fix yourself, give us a call. We can quickly repair your driveway or offer driveway replacement if needed so that you can maintain a safe and beautiful entry to your home. Have you got questions? Please feel free to request a free estimate of your project, and we will get back to you with more information.