Driveway Repairs – Post Winter Tips from MD Paving

Driveway Repairs – With Spring in sight, the melting snow can, unfortunately, reveal damage to your driveway. Deciding on whether to repair or replace your driveway can be perplexing, but most repairs should be left to the professionals! That’s where MD Paving can help.

  1. Understanding what the driveway damage is!

Understanding driveway repairs and the cause of winter damage can prevent it happening in the future. The damage usually occurs due to the plummeting drop in temperatures, the cycle of freeze and thaw and the use of chemical melting agents, such as sodium chloride. This is extremely damaging to both concrete and asphalt and can also weaken the joints in your block paving. Rock salt can also seep into cracks, corroding and weakening steel rods used to reinforce the area. Freezing water will also cause damage as ice expands and increases existing cracks, causing the surface to break away. Snow/metal shovels can also cause significant damage by dislodging already loose asphalt and stone, creating craters which are hard to fix. Where possible, try to use plastic shovels for clearing snow.

2. Know your driveways lifespan

An asphalt driveway can have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, with concrete versions lasting easily 25 years, but will need to be maintained to achieve this. If your driveway is heavily damaged and coming to the end of its useful life, you may want to consider a new hardtop. Driveway repairs may only be a short-term solution. A high-quality sealer should be applied every 3 years to protect the surface from the adverse weather, including UV rays.

3. Know when to call in the professionals

If the driveways Leeds damage is too severe, then it may be time to give MD Paving a call. It may be that you require a new driveway – but this can be discussed on inspection from one of our team. All our work comes with a warranty, with references available and a free no-obligation quote will be submitted.

4. Remember to keep your driveway in a good condition

When it does snow, try and move it as soon as possible. Once it becomes compacted and forced into cracks, problems start to occur. If you need to gain traction, try to use sand instead. Once the snow has melted, we will be happy to advise you what sealers to use to keep your new driveway in tip-top condition. Just remember that a proper maintenance routine is required, no matter which driveway you choose. This will prevent expensive repair and help your driveway to last for many years to come.

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Need a driveway contractor this Springtime?

Your local driveway contractor can install a beautiful new driveway in time for Spring!

Driveway contractor – It’s that time of year folks, when you need to be thinking about the outside of your property and getting it ready for Summer. During those lighter days your driveway is on show and the first thing visitors see. So the best way to upgrade? Install a new driveway or beautiful block paving, which we promise, can really make all the difference.
There are many options available to you, which can perfectly match your budget. Here are just some examples of what you can do.

Block Paving

A great way to add a unique design and colour is to lay block paving. Did you know that there are approximately 1,200 types to choose from? Think about the colour and style you want. It’s now super easy to get the design you want, which also compliments your home. Block paving Leeds offers an attractive, but more importantly, long term driveway solution. You could also consider part block paving which would give you a contrast of materials, especially to tarmac. It’s an instant refresh to any home.

Resin and Tarmac – great alternatives to block

Resin driveways look stunning if installed properly. The long lasting, durable surface is great to repair and extremely resistant to climate conditions. Tarmac is extremely easy to install, durable, easy to maintain and great value for money.

You could brighten up a concrete driveway

Polishing concrete with one of our machines, will give your driveway a new shine, leaving it spic and span. This type of driveway can be grinded, resurfaced and polished by your driveway contractor, to achieve a truly slick looking surface.

Maybe accessorise your garden

You can also accessorise by lining your driveway with flora. Trees, bushes and flowers can all be used to frame your driveway, making it more inviting. Think about planting perennials such as evening primrose of chrysanthemum. Green spaces, interspersed with borders of block paving can look wonderful.

Lighting up your driveway will also provide extra safety and an easier way to navigate. Plus new technologies provide solar lighting, with no electricity needed, providing beautiful light.

So don’t neglect your driveway and give MD Paving a call today! We have a fantastic 25% off driveways Leeds, block paving and patios if booked before the end of January!
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Beautiful driveway created by your local driveway contractor

Tips on de-icing your block paving or tarmac driveway

Winter tips – 5 ways to de-ice your block paving or tarmac driveway.

Has winter turned your block paving or tarmac driveway into a skating rink? If so, read on as we list the most effective ways to keep your tarmac driveway ice-free. Also tips on how to prevent the snow and ice from accumulating on your driveway in the first place.

Rock Salt

The most common way for you to de-ice your tarmac driveways Leeds is to use grit or as it’s more commonly known as ‘rock salt’. It’s great to use because it’s cheap and pretty much available everywhere.  The UK drops about five million tonnes of the stuff every year, so a popular choice. But the downside is it contains chloride and cyanide making it very dangerous for animals and plants.

Use a shovel

Preventing the snow from building up will prevent ice from forming. So probably the most effective way to de-ice your tarmac driveway is shovelling snow as soon as it falls. This method is green and works 100% of the time. Just takes a little effort and braving the wintery conditions.

Green products

There are a number of green products for de-icing on the market, which are advertised as environmentally friendly or all-natural. However, they can be expensive, corrosive or just ineffective. For example, magnesium calcium acetate is biodegradable, but will only work properly with temps -3C or warmer. Make sure you do your research before splashing out.

Sand

This is great for creating traction by making icy and snow surfaces less dangerous. The only downside is the sand can create a lumpy mess and may clog up the outside drains when the snow and ice begin to thaw.

Heat Maps

These are a means for people building a new house, or replacing what’s already there to de-ice their driveway. But for everyday use, they’re prohibitively expensive.

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