Make Your Driveway Look Beautiful By Doing These 3 Things
You’ve made it to your street, turned into your driveway, and then it hit you. You realise that what used to be your pride and joy, an envy of the neighborhood, has turned into a millitary landing strip. Littered with toys and debris from the last garden cleanup, oil stains and tyre tread marks, and chunks missing from the plough last winter, it’s practically an eye-sore. Not to worry; there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Become the envy of the neighborhood like you dream of and increase the desirability of your home to buyers by making your driveway look beautiful with these three easy tips.
Give it a Bath
Sounds simple, right? It is, and it’s extremely effective at making your driveway look beautiful. Remove the tyre marks, oil stains, mould, and road grime, leaving the brilliantly clean driveway to shine through. If you’re a handyman (or woman) and you have a pressure washer, then the job can be made easy using high pressure water and some biodegradable detergent to really bring up a shine. Those who don’t have access to one can source one from a tool-hire company, or use some good old elbow grease, a stiff broom, and a garden hose; it may take a little longer, but the result will be equally as brilliant. If you’d prefer the easy option, there are plenty of contractors who will do the hard work for you.
Do Some Gardening
Getting out your green thumb is a great way to bring life back to your driveway. Make it look beautiful again by creating a decorative edging of small shrubs, a hedge, or even seasonal flowers. Finish it off with some decorative rocks or larger stones from your local landscaping supplier, and watch the neighbors go green with envy. An even simpler trick is to use planter boxes and pots instead of a fixed garden. You’ll have the freedom to move them around to different positions and see what works best. When you get tired of what you have planted, head to your nursery for some fresh stock and a mini makeover.
If you have a hammer attached to the hip or are willing to pay a contractor, you may consider a renovation to bring your driveway back up to scratch. Although a potentially costly exercise, in some cases it’s necessary, as there is only a limited amount of fixing and covering-up that can be done. Such instances may call for some creative renovation ideas such as the following:
- Concrete stenciling: Tired of looking at bare gray concrete? It’s possible to have your concrete driveway painted, textured, and stenciled so that it looks like it’s been professionally tiled. This method can be used with great success on all driveway types, and is particularly effective on plain concrete. You’ll save big money on tiling costs too.
- Feature pavement: To add creative flair to your driveway, why not consider creating an eye catching feature? It could be as simple as a coloured border using pavement bricks and as intricate as a tiled mosaic design. Then, of course, there’s always the option of letting the kids go wild with colored chalk and stencils…
- Crack repairs: Cracks in your driveway are both an eyesore and a hazard. Should cracks grow large enough, they may become a trip hazard for your family and guests. Therefore, it’s important to get them repaired to avoid further growth and to ensure no nasty accidents occur on your watch.
There are many reasons to make your driveway look beautiful, and impressing your neighbors and future buyers of your property are as good a reason as any. Transforming your driveway and giving it the attention it deserves needn’t be difficult, so make sure you try these easy tips first and make your driveway look beautiful this weekend. Your arrival home will never be the same again.