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Budget-Friendly Upgrades For Your Driveway- Improving the Value of Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

One of the exterior components that influences the visual appeal of a home is the driveway. Given the right design and materials, your home’s resin or tarmac driveway can exponentially improve the kerb appeal and value of your home. However, if you’re on a tight budget and wondering if a driveway upgrade is possible, the answer is yes. It is entirely possible to give your aged and worn-out driveway a facelift while on budget.

Below are some budget-friendly upgrades that will not only transform the appearance of your driveway but boost kerb appeal.

Etching

Etching is something that can really set your driveway apart from others, and the best part is that it is quite affordable. The technique involves using special tools for etching a permanent design or pattern into the concrete of your driveway. 

Another benefit of driveway etching is that the design and pattern are of your choosing, so the possibilities are endless. You could choose from an array of stone-like patterns or go for different graphics that you find appealing. To make the driveway really pop, you can even add staining or colouring to the etching.

Landscaping

Another budget-friendly way of upgrading your driveway is to plant some flowers, shrubbery or trees along the sides of the pavement. Lining your driveway with some ornamental trees can really set an eye-catching and natural tone. Flower beds along the sides of your driveway can also add a pop of colour. When planting ornamental trees, do make sure that you leave enough space so the limbs don’t scratch vehicles.

Lights it up

This is an upgrade that is both functional and visually appealing. Adding some lights along the perimeter of your driveway will ensure safety at night while also adding kerb appeal. The lighting will highlight elements like flowers and foliage that tend to be less visible at night. To cut costs, you can go for solar-powered LED lights that will charge during the day and light up your driveway at night.

Staining

If the plain old grey colour of your driveway is something that you are tired of seeing, staining can be a way to add a fresh pop of colour. Essentially, the stain soaks into the surface of your driveway and dyes it to give a coloured finish. Concrete, brick and block, and pavings can all be stained. You can choose between an array of water-based stains or earth-toned acid stains. Staining can even be done to mimic the appearance of wood, natural stone and marble.

Stamping

Like etching and staining, stamping is another technique that can be used to spruce up the colour and pattern of your driveway. Stamping offers a way for you to give your driveway the appearance of either natural stone, tiles, bricks or slates without actually breaking the bank on getting those materials which tend to be very expensive. For the best outcome, stamping should be done on a clean and level driveway.

Weeding

Sometimes the only upgrade your driveway needs is the removal of overgrown weeds. The great thing about weeding is that it can be a relatively cheap, DIY project. All you have to do is pull out the weeds by hand or use a weed killer (commercial or homemade) to get rid of them. Weeds usually grow as a result of cracks in your driveway, so be sure to fill those cracks after removing the weeds. This will deter weeds from growing in the future.

Repair Broken Pavers, Bricks and Cracks

Daily usage and overtime exposure to wear and tear and the elements can degrade a driveway. When this happens, it is not uncommon for bricks and pavers to break or for cracks to develop. Your driveway’s surface may also break down and start to look neglected. Repairing these broken bricks and filling and resealing the cracks is an easy and budget-friendly way of bringing your driveway back to life.

Pressure Wash

This is by far the least expensive way of sprucing up your driveway. A buildup of dirt, grime and stains can make your driveway look dull and old. However, with a power washer, all of that dirt and grime can be removed, leaving your driveway new again.

Conclusion 

Costs should never be a reason to have a dull and tired-looking driveway, as there are many budget-friendly upgrades that are available for you to consider, from driveway etching and staining to stamping, weeding and pressure washing. Many different methods are great for different types of driveway, such as tarmac and resin driveways.