We invest a lot of time, effort and money into taking care of our homes and places of business. We spend money on landscaping. We sweat out Saturday afternoons maintaining our yard. We hire contractors to do major renovations and improvements.
But you know one thing too many of us neglect to do?
We don’t take care of our driveway.
If you have a driveway in Spotswood, a paver driveway in North Brunswick, a concrete driveway at the shore, just got new Spotswood sealcoating done, or any other variation on the driveway theme, you should know that it’s important to protect your investment – and it’s easy to do! (and if you are looking for asphalt driveway installation in Spotswood NJ, you should contact TDM Construction!)
If you want your driveway to last, here are three things to do:
Avoid Using Rock Salt on Your Cement
We know that slippery driveways during the winter are no fun and can even be dangerous, but it’s best to use methods other than rock salt to handle the ice. Salt and chemical de-icers can cause big problems for concrete driveways in North Brunswick, easily seeping in and causing cracks and splitting. Instead, use things like sand, kitty litter, or even alfalfa meal to help give you traction, break down the ice, and prevent slipping. It’s just as effective and won’t contribute to your driveway crumbling apart.
Keep Heavy Vehicles Off The Edges
Your asphalt driveway in Spotwoods is made for vehicles, yes, but within reason. Residential driveways are not designed for heavy vehicles and equipment. This is especially true near the edges, where excessive weight can more easily cause damage, cracking, splits, and chipping. If you have larger and heavier vehicles, center them on the driveway when you park to minimize the danger or, if possible, don’t park them there at all.
A Clean Driveway is a Long Lasting Driveway
Keeping your driveway clear of dirt and debris is about more than just keeping it looking great. Dirt and debris are the first steps towards an eroding and damaged driveway. Dirt provides a place for pests and weeds to take root. It can aid water in seeping under the stone, causing cracks and potholes (especially during the freeze and thaw cycle). It can help stains get down deep. And more. That’s why it’s so important to keep your driveway clean. It’s not just about the aesthetics, it’s about extending its lifespan.
As you can see, these are simple, common sense solutions to problems that can effect almost any driveway in the State of New Jersey, from the shore area to North Jersey, central Jersey, and beyond.
None of these things are complicated to do and none of them take a lot of work, labor, effort, or expense from you to do. They are just easy habits to incorporate into your life, habits that can help you take better care of your property and ensure your North Brunswick driveway lasts for many years to come.
So take note, put this article on your mental checklist, and when it comes time to start taking better care of your property, whether residential or commercial, remember to take good care of your driveway, too. Your wallet will thank you for it!