Summer is the time to tackle curb appeal upgrades

Is your driveway looking a little tired? Is it starting to crack and fade? A worn-out looking driveway can tarnish the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, most homeowners put off repairs until issues start to appear, like water drainage issues. And what about your garage door? Is it old, making strange noises? It could be time to replace that too! Upgrading your driveway and garage door will add to the curb appeal of your home and summer time is a perfect time to address these issues.

Driveways and pathways around your home should always be sloping away from your home, just like the grading around your home.

If you notice water pooling around your home then this could be a sign your grading needs attention as this water could end up in your garage or basement, causing a leak and more issues.

Common types of driveways

The most common types of driveways are asphalt, interlocking stone and concrete (or stamped concrete).

Asphalt is the least expensive and performs well. Asphalt driveways should be at least 2” deep with a 6-8 inch gravel base to ensure that cracking and pitting do not occur. However, I recommend they should have a minimum of 10 inches of gravel tampered every two inches — followed by a minimum of four inches of asphalt on top. The thicker the stone base, the stronger the driveway will be — l like to go thicker because I have a lot of heavy vehicles, so it pays to have a strong driveway.

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Common garage door repair related FAQ

How long does it take to replace a garage door?

Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.

How often should my a garage door be serviced?

Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.

How long do garage door springs usually last?

The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)

What is the life span of a garage door opener?

The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.

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