Two Ways to Improve Your Exterior

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Winter is hard on a home’s exterior, and the advent of spring and the showers that come with it can trap in and seal away the dirt, grime, and mildew so it festers and grows. When warm weather comes, it’s a good idea to walk outside and take a look around. Doing regular maintenance on your home will help you make sure that there are no threats to the structure, the driveway or paths leading up to the house.

While it’s still warm out, consider these projects that will improve the quality and value of your home’s exterior:

  • Resurfacing the driveway
  • Painting, straining, and sealing decks and patios

Resurfacing the Driveway

Although your driveway may not be showing obvious signs of wear or be in obvious need of repair, resurfacing it every two to three years will keep it in excellent shape and significantly reduce the need for repairs over its lifetime.

You can do the resurfacing yourself or hire a professional service to do it for you, but either way it is very important to make sure that the surface is cleared of all dirt and weeds, cracks are filled in, and expansions aren’t closed off. They keep the driveway from cracking or buckling further by allowing space for the concrete to shift. Every driveway shifts over time. Just make sure you don’t prevent it from shifting smoothly.

Painting, Staining, or Sealing Decks and Patios

Though some of the sealants bought at stores claim to have 2-4 years of protection, this is not entirely true, especially if the deck or patio is exposed to a lot of sunlight. The sun is harsh on sealants and can wear them down quickly. In order to maintain a patio or deck without splinters or warped boards, have it stained and/or sealed every year. Allowing a professional to handle the job for you might extend that to every two years depending on their warranty. Do not wait until the sealant wears off to do it again, because that can ruin the surfaces permanently.

Before you begin either of these projects, it is important to make sure that the surface you will be working with is clean. Not only can dirt cause problems with the quality and longevity of the project, but without proper cleaning there is a risk of trapping in mold or mildew that can eat away at boards or weeds that can rip through the driveway.

One great resource for cleaning the patio, deck, or driveway is, which offers a wide range of services for your home’s exterior. Unlike regular pressure washing, the concrete cleaning and deck sealing services they offer can get rid of all the dirt, grime, and mildew that pressure washing can leave behind.

But whether you choose to go the DIY route or the professional route, keeping an eye on these tasks will help you maintain the value in your home for the long run.

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  • D. Smith August 9, 2013, 7:18 am

    Great tips! Will definitely keep this in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  • Marcus September 4, 2017, 1:15 am

    Selecting exterior paint colors is always a big and expensive decision, make sure you choose the right palette for your home. Thanks for sharing useful and effective tips.

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