The driveway is the gateway to your home and is one of the first things people will notice when they arrive for a visit. To make a great first impression, your driveway must always be presentable and welcoming.
There are numerous ways in which a driveway can be constructed and surfaced to achieve that look, and the materials chosen are, of course, a matter of personal taste. When that has been decided and the work has been completed consider border planting with colorful plants, trees, and shrubs to give your driveway an even more attractive appearance.
Redesign your driveway
Why should your interiors get all of the fun? Don’t limit your landscaping ambitions to your garden, and consider transforming your driveway with a fresh, new look. Aggregate concrete is an increasingly popular choice because of its durability and its versatile nature. It is also attractive and easy to maintain.
The concrete’s textured finish yields different patterns and colors, which are unique. What’s more, this kind of driveway is easily installed, slip-resistant and hardwearing, and is typically low maintenance.
Keep it clean and tidy
Sometimes the best way to keep a driveway presentable is to stay on top of cleaning and tidying the space. Have any weeds, moss, dirt, and sprouts removed, which could crack and compromise the surface of the driveway.
You could also have your driveway power washed at regular intervals to ensure it gleams. Perhaps most importantly, avoid overloading your driveway. Very heavy loads and machinery can damage concrete driveways, so be aware of that risk.
Carry out routine maintenance, but avoid chemicals
It’s important that a driveway is maintained as appropriate, including repairing damage as soon as it occurs to prevent worsening cracks and spiraling expenses. You may also need to have it resealed depending upon the material it’s constructed from. Sealant wears off over time but is essential for keeping concrete clean and protected. Chemicals, such as deicer, should be avoided. By all means, keep your driveway free of ice, but use sand to safeguard the integrity of a concrete surface.
Create a feature
A driveway serves a specific purpose of course, but that doesn’t mean it can’t become an integral part of your garden landscape. Border your driveway with a colored mosaic of tiles, or line concrete or block paving with small shrubs, blooms, or even trees that are relative to the size of your property.
While it’s tempting to pave your whole driveway for easier maintenance, remember to cater to local wildlife as well as your vehicles. Architectural planting can look stunning when done properly. What species could you attract to your garden with this bold, new feature?
Play with texture
Gravel, grass and geometric tiles are equally popular choices for driveways to suit different kinds of homes. Consider the kind of look you’re going for, and your available budget. Using advanced concrete is undoubtedly the best choice as it will reduce the amount of maintenance required.
Decide what you want to achieve, and what kind of finish will work best? Instagram and Pinterest are awash with ideas for your brand new driveway, to make it presentable and practical.
Getting your driveway spot on will breathe new life into your home’s exterior, reinvigorating your property’s appearance with very little effort at all. Bright, bold and fresh, your driveway will create a welcoming entrance to your property and provide your vehicles with somewhere clear and stylish to sit.
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