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    Everything You Need to Know About Heated Driveways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    As winter approaches, at least in the more northerly portions of the U.S., many homeowners find themselves longing for a way to make snow and ice removal fast and easy, and heated driveway systems immediately come to mind.

    Heated driveways are easiest to install when pouring a new concrete or asphalt driveway and often require you to replace your existing driveway. However, in some instances, the electric coil type can be retrofitted in, especially if you only intend to heat a limited portion of the pavement.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Concrete

    Top 5 Reasons your Driveway is Covered in Cracks

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 18, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    If your driveway is covered in cracks, littered with potholes, and spotted with "rash-like" surface erosion, you will have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair or replace it. If it is your neighbor's driveway in this condition, on the other hand, or if you have just installed a brand new driveway, you will want to know how to prevent such a fate from befalling your concrete or asphalt driveway.

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    Topics: Driveway, Home Maintenance, Winter, Concrete

    Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.

    The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type. The good news? When it comes to keeping your driveway in top condition basic driveway maintenance is easy to do yourself.

    From having a good snow removal plan of action to reapplying sealants in summer, these expert tips keep a driveway looking its best during every season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Concrete

    3 Snow Removal Methods for Your Concrete Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 11, 2016 9:40:00 AM

    Removing snow and ice from concrete driveways is a major concern for many homeowners living in regions with significant winter precipitation. By ridding their driveways of unwelcome winter weather, they prevent slips and falls, extend the life of their concrete, and lessen the need for concrete repair work. A few of the most effective ways to remove snow from your concrete driveway are briefly discussed below.

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    Topics: Driveway, Heated Mats, Heated Floor Mats, Winter, Concrete

    Homeowners: Do's & Don'ts for Protecting Your Driveway This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

    Concrete driveways don’t come cheap. Pouring a standard 1,000 sq. ft. (92.9 square meters) cement driveway will run you anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 (approximately $2,675-$6,688 CAD), and even simple resurfacing will cost you upwards from $2,250(approximately $3,009 CAD). Since this is a pricey endeavor, you want to do everything you can to make that strip of concrete last as long as possible. Here are the essential do's and don’ts of proper cement driveway maintenance.

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    Topics: Driveway, Winter, Concrete

    4 Tips for Clearing a Concrete Driveway Full of Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2016 6:30:00 AM

    Got snow? Have a concrete driveway that needs to be cleared so you can back your car out and go to work (after all, we can't all hibernate)? We feel your pain.

    One of the major challenge homeowners face over the winter is how to remove snow from their property, and most importantly, their driveways. Posing short-term and long-term problems for you, your car, and your driveway, snow can ensure that a walk of just a few steps becomes a treacherous journey and that attempts to navigate the obstacle feel like scaling Mount Everest.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Concrete

    7 Things You Never Knew Were Ruining Your Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 22, 2016 12:36:59 PM

    When it comes to owning a home, driveways are kind of a big deal. They’re one of the first things people see when they arrive, and they’re generally used multiple times a day. That’s why destroying your asphalt or cement driveway is a major blow to your property value and something you want to avoid.

    Here are 7 things that you’re doing to cause damage to your concrete or asphalt driveway without even knowing it and what you can do to avoid them.

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    Topics: Driveway, Concrete

    Beyond the Drive: Understanding Hidden Driveway Costs

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2016 6:30:00 AM

    Don’t you hate it when you plan a project, and then get hit with some astronomical charges that you didn’t calculate into your budget? Driveways can often be a home improvement project like this, where expenses that you weren’t aware of seem to crop up out of nowhere.

    Why, just installing the driveway can be a hidden cost. In other words, many contractors will not include the cost of adding a driveway to your home in the overall cost of construction. If you want this addition, you’ll have to pay extra. Even if they are up front about this, there are several other charges you might not have known about.

    The typical driveway, whether it’s an asphalt driveway, cement driveway, concrete, gravel, or pavers, can run you anywhere between $3,500-$7,000 (approximately $4,681 - $9,363 CAD). Preparing the ground can cost extra if this is the first time a driveway is being laid on the area. On the other hand, tearing up an existing driveway to replace it will also increase the cost.

    Take a look at what else you can expect to pay for when planning your driveway budget:
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    Topics: Driveway, Concrete

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