Normally, the best time to completely relay a driveway is in the spring or summer, when the weather is likely to be dry, there are long daylight hours for the work to get done and you don’t have to worry about issues like the freeze-thaw effect of winter.
Nonetheless, there are times when it might be necessary to call a Telford driveway company in to fix a real problem that occurs at the end of summer or in autumn, because if this is not resolved it may deteriorate further in winter.
However, there are steps you can take to help protect the driveway and reduce the chances of damage being caused in autumn, not least by dealing with some of the things that the season inevitably brings – like falling leaves.
Not only are these a slip hazard when wet; they can be a big problem for block paving driveways in particular, as well as patios. Rotting leaf mould encourages moss and weeds to grow in between the slabs, diminishing the appearance as well as opening up cracks. That’s why it’s important to sweep them away.
There are many other wise steps to take; It can also be smart to pay attention to plants growing next to the driveway with roots that could undermine the surface or cause it to become uneven, removing these if necessary.
It is also a good time to ensure the driveway drains well, such as by digging drainage channels on either side and, once again, removing fallen leaves or any other blockages in them. This stops the driveway getting waterlogged and, when the temperature drops below zero, prevents freeze-thaw opening up cracks.
By giving your driveway lots of TLC you will help it last longer and stay in better condition. But if it does get damaged, it’s important to call in the experts quickly. Early intervention can help prevent a small problem becoming a very large one.