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Prevent Driveway Cracks And Keep Your Northern Virginia or Maryland Driveway Looking Like New

Homeowners commonly obsess about their driveway, and rightfully so since it is essential to the overall first impression of your Northern Virginia or Maryland home. One of the biggest concerns homeowners report is cracking in the concrete or asphalt driveway. To avoid dealing with a cracked driveway, follows these easy steps to keep your driveway looking like new.

While trees and shrubs planted along the driveway may add to your curb appeal, they are not doing anything in your effort to prevent driveway cracks. Vegetation roots spread far beyond the boundaries of the actual plant or tree, the result of which can damage your driveway. Roots that push against the driveway surface, or even large roots that simply push upward on the ground below the driveway, cause cracks and damage to the driveway material. To prevent this problem from occurring, simply avoid planting in this location or relocated already-existing plants.

Water often leads to driveway cracks as well. Maintaining proper drainage on your property is essential to preserving the appearance and integrity of your driveway. Ensure your gutters and downspouts drain away from your driveway – or any other concrete or cement surface – to avoid avoidable water damage during the warm weather months. Drainage also is important from artificially raising the water table and content in the ground surrounding your driveway, as when this water freezes, the freeze-thaw action may lead to heaving and cracking of your driveway.

Also aiding in the proper drainage of water near your driveway is the simple task of removing all plants, weeds, sod or grass along the edge of your paved driveway. Removing the excess vegetation not only prevents root damage as earlier discussed, but also improves the drainage of water from the surface of the driveway.

For additional information on keeping your Northern Virginia or Maryland driveway looking like new, contact the professionals at Lost Creek Landscapes. Serving all of Northern Virginia and the Baltimore, Maryland metro area, the award-winning team of landscape design and masonry company specializes in driveways, all types of masonry and landscaping in the communities of Chantilly, VA, Chevy Chase, MD, Fairfax, VA, Potomac Falls, VA, Potomac, MD, Manassas, VA, McLean, VA, Middleburg, VA, Sterling, VA, Vienna, VA and Warrenton, VA.