Paved Driveway An Eyesore? 2 Ways You Can Renew It So It Looks Beautiful Again

If your paved driveway has seen better days and is an eyesore for your landscaping, there are many things you can do to renew it so it will be beautiful again. Two of these things are listed below so you can get started doing this.

Use Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers can turn a boring driveway into one that is unique and beautiful. With concrete pavers, the concrete is mixed and then poured into a pre-shaped mold. You can choose from a variety of shapes, and color can be added to the concrete while it is being mixed. The mixture includes cement, water, gravel, and sand.

The company will first lay crushed stone on your driveway as a base for the pavers. They will likely suggest permeable pavers, as water will drain through the gaps between the pavers into the crushed stone. The pavers are heavy, so they need no adhesive to hold them down.

Once the pavers are installed, the contractor will sprinkle the crushed stone on top of them and sweep the stone into the gaps between the pavers. This will prevent weeds from growing between the pavers.

It is important that the base is done correctly, so you should hire a driveway contractor to install the pavers for you.

Resurface the Driveway

You can hire a contractor to resurface your driveway for you, which will make it look brand new again. A polymer-based cement is mixed and spread over the driveway using a push broom, squeegee, or a steel trowel.

Before getting started, the contractor will repair any cracks in the driveway with crack filler. This is something you could do on your own, if you prefer. You can purchase a crack filler kit at a home supply store. 

Once the cement is spread, the contractor will use a bristled push broom to go over the wet concrete to create a textured surface. This makes the concrete slip-resistant. When the concrete is set and dried, the contractor may suggest that you place a sealant over the concrete to give it protection. If you choose to do this, the driveway has to be resealed when you notice the sealant is coming off. This may be every couple of years depending on the way your driveway is used.

Contact a paving contractor to learn much more about paving and resurfacing your driveway. They can also go over information with you about installing a brand-new driveway if you decide to do this instead.