concrete can increase your yard's curb appeal

Ways in Which Concrete Can Increase Your Yard’s Curb Appeal

Ways in Which Concrete Can Increase Your Yard’s Curb AppealWhether you just want your yard to look impressive to your neighbors and visitors or you are planning to sell your property, Having some concrete work done on your yard to improve the curb appeal is necessary. This is especially important if it is a commercial property or you are planning to sell your house in the near future because people will usually make a decision to buy the property or to buy from the property when they are attracted to the exterior of the property. There are a number of ways in which concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal.

Concrete Driveways

A driveway is the gateway to your property hence it makes the first impression to your visitors the moment they start approaching your property. There are many ways in which concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal and having concrete on your driveway to increase your yards curb appeal such as stamping and staining concrete, overlaying concrete or by using segmental concrete pavers. A stamped concrete driveway is a driveway with patterned concrete or textured concrete in the shapes of bricks, stones or tiles while as stained concrete is concrete that is stained with any preferred color such as red, brown or black to suit whatever color scheme of your preference. A driveway concrete overlay is a cheap and faster alternative to completely replacing your worn out driveway by simply applying a thin layer on top of it. Segmental pavers are pieces of masonry made from compacted concrete which are installed in a particular pattern on your driveway. All of the mentioned suggestions will increase your yard’s curb appeal if they are installed by a professional driveway contractor.

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Concrete Retaining Walls

Concrete retaining wall construction is one of the most overlooked ways in which concrete concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal. Most homeowners and business owners who have sloped yards believe that there is little or nothing they can do to improve the curb appeal of their yards because of things such as soil erosion or water runoff that tends to affect the curb appeal of your yard negatively. Adding a concrete retaining wall to your yard comes with both decorative benefits and preventive benefits. You can get your concrete retaining wall in different styles and colors and it will also prevent soils erosion and water runoff which will allow vegetation such as flowers, grass or bushes to grow without any difficulty.  

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Concrete Landscaping Borders

Part of what sets a beautiful landscape apart from a not so beautiful landscape are clean lines which border different parts of your yard and make the yard seem kept even with minimal landscaping work. Concrete landscaping borders are the perfect way of having truly incredible landscaping borders because Concrete Landscaping borders can be designed in a variety of ways both shapewise and colorwise. Concrete can increase your yard’s curb appeal if it is professionally done.

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Contact a professional concrete contractor if you want to achieve excellent results in installing either a concrete driveway, concrete retaining wall or  concrete landscaping borders. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free concrete inspection and estimate.


Taking Care of Your Driveways In Summer

driveways during the summerIt seems with every new summer in Southern California comes a record shattering heat wave,  and It’s hard to overlook the effects such extreme temperatures have on your asphalt or concrete driveways. Fortunately there are a number of ways in which you can protect your driveway from any damage which might result from the summer heat.

Avoid Scuffing and Indentations

Because of it’s black color, asphalt driveways absorb a lot of heat during summer, therefore they can get very hot. The heat tends to make the bitumen softer therefore making the driveways more susceptible to scuffing and indentations. scuffing and indentations can be avoided by not unnecessarily using the driveway when it’s very hot. Since an asphalt driveway is more prone to indentations and scuffing in it’s early life, it’s not  advisable to overload it in its’ first few months after installation.

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Reapply Sealer when necessary

How often you reseal your driveway is often dependent on two things, the vehicle traffic and the weather conditions even though it’s generally advisable to to reseal your driveway every two to three years. Resealing your driveway makes it look new all the time, it also reduces the risk of having to do expensive driveway repairs because its regularly maintained.

Clean Stains

Stains from from oil, gasoline or other sources can be very unsightly on your driveway and can actually be damaging to your driveway because stains such as oils can soften your driveway. The best course of action you can take when you notice a stain on your driveway is to determine whether it’s dry or wet and if it’s wet you have to use an absorbent such as baking soda or cornmeal to absorb the extra moisture. After it dries, you can then scrub it off and then rinse your driveway. Tire marks can also be scrubbed off the driveway pretty easily. It’s generally advisable to get rid of any stains on your driveway as soon as possible.

Avoid Chemicals on driveways

Chemical damage to driveways is often overlooked, yet it’s one of the leading causes of driveways damage.  Chemical Fertilizers and  deicers have ingredients in them that can cause your driveway to degenerate quickly. Avoid handling any chemicals on the driveway or using chemical fertilizers near or on the driveway or you can replace chemical fertilizers with organic fertilizers.

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Contact  a professional driveway Contractor

If you have a driveway and notice any holes,sinkholes,crack or chips, contact a professional driveways contractor so that they can asses the damage and advise you on what to do. Contact California Foundation Works for a free* inspection on 323-418-2239.