Category Archive: Construction

3 Things To Avoid in Order to Protect Your NJ Driveway

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!

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Getting The Most From Your Home Architect

If you are one of the many people interested in having Monmouth County custom homes constructed for them, you already know that the road ahead of you will be filled with hard work and meetings, meetings, meetings. You’ll be meeting with your attorney to discuss property issues. You’ll be meeting with your bank people to discuss money issues. You’ll be meeting with township officials to discuss permits and all the other red tape that goes with new construction.

But in the long term, the most important meetings you’ll have will be those you have with your architect. After all, it will be his or her work that dictates the final design of the home you and your family will live in. That’s something that will last a lifetime – or at the very least until you sell your new Monmouth County custom homes for a handy profit!

So with that in mind, these are some key things you should keep in mind when talking to the architect of your custom home in Monmouth County.

Figure Out Your Budget In Advance – Home architecture is not a simple matter of A plus B equals C, and the budget to build a home is not a simple equation. The cost for 1,600 square feet in one configuration is not the same as 1,600 square feet in another configuration. That’s why it’s important for you to have a good idea of your budget BEFORE you sit with your architect and begin to flesh out the details of your custom Jersey Shore home.

Have Some Ideas Before Your First Meeting – You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t have a rough idea of the sort of house you wanted, so the good news is this: You SHOULD come equipped with your own ideas when it comes to designing your own custom homes in New Jersey. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert in design. A good architect’s job is to bring your vague ideas into reality, turning your various wants, needs and daydreams into a structure that you will love.

Meet With Several Architects First – Unless your architect is your brother-in-law John who also happened to design the luxury home of Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, you’re not going to want to go with the first person who comes your way. It’s important to meet with a few architects to get a sense for who understands your style, who understands your desires, and who can best bring them into reality.

Understand Your Architect Has Good Design Intentions – If your chosen architect doesn’t seem thrilled about a certain want or demand on your part, perhaps you should listen. The fact is, architects are trained professionals. They understand what will and will not work with building design, both for aesthetic and structural reasons. You may not always like what they have to say, but once they are hired they have your best intentions in mind.

Ask Questions – This is a simple one. Never, ever be shy about asking questions. If someone is going to be designing the custom home at the Jersey Shore you plan to live in or flip for profit, you’ll want to be sure you understand everything they tell you and show you. So if you’re not sure of something, don’t be silent. Ask questions!

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