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Awesome Driveway Designs

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Driveways are often overlooked when it comes to home decoration, but they shouldn’t be. When you or a visitor arrives at your house, the very first thing visible is the driveway; and, as the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. As such, for anyone caring about the appearance of their home, the driveway is a perfect place to begin decorating, designing, or improving. A driveway offers countless opportunities for artistic creativity, as well as self-expression. You can make your driveway uniquely you, completely unlike any other in your neighborhood or city, while still being gorgeous and functional. Here are a few awesome driveway designs:

Landscape the surrounding area
Perfect for long driveways, landscaping near the sides can enhance your driveway’s beauty. From flowers to bushes to trees, you can turn the area on either side of your driveway into a fairy tale nature haven that makes you feel like you are driving into a beautiful, exotic, and secretive garden every time you come home. There are few better ways to make your home classy, beautiful, and mystical than by properly landscaping the area around your driveway.
 
Beautify your concrete
One of the best ways to make a gorgeous and yet classy driveway is to go for the beautified concrete look. From different designs to various shapes and colors, the myriad possibilities presented to you with concrete beautification make it possible for you to create a driveway perfect for you, and completely unique to you. When your friends come over, they’ll be treated to a driveway unlike any they have ever seen before. Plus, the look of beautified concrete is modern, upscale, and artistic.

Plant in the median strip
One of the most unique driveway designs is the median strip garden. Simply by having the median strip (the middle part of the driveway, between the tires) lower than the rest of the driveway, you can create an entire garden impervious to the bottom of your car when you come and go. You’ll enjoy seeing beautiful flowers and exotic plants directly in front of you as you seemingly drive over them, assured in your knowledge that they are undamaged. It’s not only a fun way to support a gardening hobby, but it’s also a driveway that you can bet none of your friends have.
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Brick surface
There may be no prettier building material than brick, and that is as true for driveways as anything else. If you build a driveway out of brick, you can add a mesmerizing and rustic element to your home. The beautiful color of brick will immediately set the tone for your home, welcoming any guests or visitors in classy and artistic fashion.

Wood surface
Similar to making a brick surface, a wood driveway can add aesthetic appeal to your home. Wood is classy, but also simplistic. A wood driveway makes the entrance to your home subtle and sweet, brilliant and beautiful. Plus, you can choose a gorgeous wood that perfectly complements your home, so that your driveway acts as trimming for your pretty house.

Plant grass
One of the quaintest driveways around is a grass driveway. Many people don’t think to build a grass driveway, because they know they’ll be driving on top of it. In actuality, your wheels drive over the same two lanes every time you enter or exit your driveway, meaning that the rest of the driveway is perfect for grass. A grass driveway with lush greenery and two perfect pathways for your tires can be an endearing path for years to come.

With these ideas, you can have the prettiest driveway you and your friends have ever seen, and it can be uniquely you. Build one of these driveways, and you’ll smile every time you come home.

This article is written by Jared Miret, home improvement blogger.  Jared recommends contacting beautifyyourconcrete.com as an affordable way to renew your driveway.

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Prepare Your Roof For Winter

As a homeowner, one of your more costly home repairs is replacing your roof. Whether your roof is fairly new or several years old, you should protect your investment by performing annual roof maintenance and repairs. This will help extend the life of your roof and protect your home from the elements. The winter months are typically the time when your roof is exposed to the most extreme weather, including rain, snow, ice, hail, or high winds. To ensure that your roof is ready for the winter weather, follow the steps below.

Inspection
Inspecting your roof before winter helps to ensure that you do not have any pre-existing damage, or areas of your roof that need attention. When inspecting your roof, look for any of these signs:

Sagging: A sagging area, or areas that appear as if they are sunk in, could be a sign that the plywood framing below is rotten.

Discoloration: Discoloration could mean that you have algae or moss on your roof. If this is not addressed in a timely manner it can lead to costly damage.

Missing Shingles: Your shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. In order to ensure that your roof is ready for the rain, snow, hail, and wind that may arrive in the winter months, replace all missing shingles. Also look for loose shingles that need additional roofing cement.

Curled Shingles: Curled shingles could be a sign that it is time to replace your roof. If you only have a few curled shingles within a general area, the area may need repair. Also inspect the keyways, or areas between the shingles, to ensure there is not any deterioration.

Check The Flashing: The flashing is the sheet metal that connects the joints of your roof to the side of your home, chimney, or plumbing vent pipes. Check to make sure that there are no holes or gaps in your flashing that can lead to leaks in your roof. If you find an area of the flashing with a hole or gap, then remove the old caulk completely before applying new caulking.

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Clean Your Roof
Any dirt and debris that accumulates on your roof needs to be swept off prior to winter. This will require you to climb up on a ladder with a broom and gently sweep your shingles. If you do not remove debris, it will hold water when it rains and can lead to damage when left sitting on your roof for an extended period of time. When sweeping, be particularly careful if you have asphalt shingles. These shingles are particularly granular; make sure you are not sweeping away the shingles granules.

Clean And Inspect Your Gutters
Your gutters have the important job of guiding the rain, hail, and melted ice and snow from on your roof, to down drain spouts. Clogged gutters or those in need of repair can lead to pooling water and leaks. To prepare your gutters for winter, follow the steps below:

Remove Debris: Start by removing any fall leaves, dirt, and debris that have accumulated in your gutters. If not removed, the debris can restrict the flow of runoff and lead to clogs in your drain spout. You should remove the debris in your gutters at least twice a year, or each spring and fall. If cleaning your gutters is too much work, consider installing gutter guards that will drastically reduce your gutter cleaning time, as they will divert most debris back into your backyard.

Inspect: While you are cleaning your gutters be on the lookout for cracks, holes, or any loose or damaged areas. Gutters that are not in proper condition can lead to runoff in areas other than the drain spouts. Over time, this unplanned runoff can lead to damage and leaks.

Much of the maintenance and repairs above are DIY projects. However, if home maintenance is not your strong skill, or the height required to work on your roof is not a task you are up for, hire a local roof maintenance expert to complete the above maintenance and repairs for you. Even if you perform all of your roof maintenance yourself, it is a good idea to reach out to a professional on occasion to gain further insight as to how you can best maintain your roof.

This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman.  Jared wants everyone to know how to protect their roofs from damage during the harsh winter months.  If you do experience some damage there are many roofing services in Houston that will take good care of your roofing needs.