Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. Today entered with a glorious full moon, a moon full of gratitude. Today I am filled with gratitude, bursting as my stomach is likely to do this evening. Today gratitude overflows from the cornucopia that traditionally graces the meal-laden table where family and friends gather.
New homeowners should remember to look up, down and all around. A few cracks in the driveway may not bother you until you think about the cost of pouring a new one. Cosmetically, cracks in cement can bring down the value of a home. Larger cracks can cause injury as well. You and your home inspector should remember to check the condition of all poured concrete surfaces.
Power washing is another popular way of keeping your driveway clean and attractive. These days, you get cleaners specially made for sidewalks, pathways, or concrete driveways. Quite obviously, they do a much more efficient job than pressure washer or hot water.
First, it would be very comfortable during the wet season if your driveway is paved. Imagine if it is not paved. Your driveway will always be wet and muddy when the rains set in. If it will be wet and muddy then your cars will be messy with mud also. This results to a more topsy-turvy garage. Thus, you will be spending the weekends in cleaning your garage and car. What a waste of your precious time which you can spend on other things like playing with your children!
OCheck for wrinkles in your wallpaper, gaps between the wall and moldings, or cracks in the sheetrock. Also, look at your windows and see if the frames are distorted. Examine every doorway; see if your doors stick or if the door frames have cracks. Major cracks (/16 wide or larger) or bowing (exceeding 1-1/2″ vertically in 7ft. 2-1/2″ horizontally in 16 ft) of basement walls is a cause for concern.
It’s also lucky that I had backed the truck into the garage, so it was actually rolling forward (not backward). It’s also lucky that I’d recently had the wheels aligned, so it rolled on virtually a straight line. More luck: our “back yard” is nearly two acres of pretty-much wild, un-landscaped prairie. Even more luck: we’d had a fair amount of snowfall which had recently melted, leaving our chunk of prairie very muddy and soft, and making it impossible for the truck to roll far enough to damage anyone else’s property.
Once the surface is clean and gives a uniform impression, it’s time for sealer application. Concrete is a porous material and oils and dirt get easily locked in them. The ideal way to keep these out of your driveway is sealing its surface. These sealants can be easily applied like paint and will provide a shiny appearance. At times, they may even give a wet look to your entrance way.