What Are The Ways To Make My Driveway Better?

You put a lot of effort into making your house look beautiful, so how does your driveway look these days? Gray, lifeless, and uninteresting? Perhaps it’s cracking and crumbling, or perhaps it’s overgrown with weeds? You might think it’s just a driveway, but it’s a key feature of your home, and there’s no excuse it can’t be attractive as well.

Here are ideas to consider to make your hideous driveway look great, whether you want it to fit in with the unique character of your house or stand out as something to be proud of!

  • Cleaning your driveway is the cheapest way to spruce it up. With an afternoon of work with a power washer, older driveways will look brand new again. 
  • The effects are noticeable when you pay a firm to do the job or rent a computer to power wash the driveway yourself.
  • Adding a boundary to your driveway is a step up from easy washing and maintenance. A brick or paver border in matching colors may be added in a single row or in a more elaborate multi-paver style, depending on what is actually next to either side of your driveway.
  • For a pop of green, plant flower beds along your driveway. 
  • Adding lighting to your driveway improves its functionality and appearance. Lights will attract attention to your driveway and still increase protection and make it easier for you and your visitors to see at night.
  • Etching is the only way to distinguish your driveway from the others. This method involves using special equipment to etch a permanent pattern or template onto the driveway’s concrete. 
  • Choose from a variety of stone-like designs, favorite logos, or other graphics that you like. You can also dye the etching to tint it and make it really stand out!
  • Are you sick of the same old gray? You will add a splash of color to your driveway by staining it. The stain penetrates the concrete and dyes it a transparent hue, giving your driveway a natural variegated appearance. Choose from a rainbow of water-based stains or earth-toned acid stains.
  • There are special effects to make marble, natural stone, or wood appear. Staining, on the other hand, is better for driveways that are free of scratches, grease, or prior coatings. 
  • Concrete stamping, similar to staining or etching, will add color and pattern to your driveway. You can give your driveway the look of slate, stones, bricks, or tiles without really using such costly materials by using stamping. Stamping looks better on a smooth, level driveway, much like staining.
  • Killing weeds in your cracked and overgrown driveway is an easy DIY project with a big effect. Some weeds may be cut, but others may require the use of a weed killer, either commercial or homemade. 
  • To prevent potential weeds, fill in the gaps with any variety of items sold for this reason at the nearest hardware store. 
  • Trim back grass that has grown along the side of your driveway when you’re at it, too— it will make your driveway look cleaner all over.
  • When it comes to an aged, unsightly driveway, more than just cosmetic work is needed. It’s definitely time to replace the driveway whether it’s cracking, buckling, or decaying. At this point, pouring fresh concrete would be the logical choice, but pavers could provide a unique alternative.
  • Over a sub-base, paving stones interlock to create a patterned surface. They are available in a variety of textures and colors to help you achieve the look you want.
  • Although pavers are more costly than a conventional concrete driveway, they are very resilient, and if one is broken, it is simple to remove and repair the damaged paver.
  • A resin-bound driveway is another choice to the traditional concrete driveway. Natural rock and recycled glass fragments are coated in a smooth, transparent resin to create resin binding driveways. 
  • The finished result has a variegated, natural appearance and can be any paint combination to fit your preferences. Most importantly, resin binding driveways are impervious to scratches, scuffs, and other forms of wear and tear. They are very simple to clean and have excellent drainage to avoid pooling.

You don’t have to have a bland, ugly driveway, according to the experts. There are several choices for repairing or upgrading your concrete driveway to make it more complementary to the elegance of your house, whether you use new paint, design, or material.

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Spaulding Concrete has been the San Francisco Bay Area’s top concrete contractor for over 30 years.  We have been serving our community with driveway extensions and additions, flat surface concrete installation for sidewalks, city bike paths, commercial floors, parking lots, RV pads, steps, curbs, and gutters.  We specialize in the completion of our projects in an effective, timely and reasonable manner. The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget, and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control. To schedule your free quote, contact us today! We are proud to serve Alameda and Contra Costa County and the surrounding areas.

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