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Preserving the value of your home driveway

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Whether you have a concrete or asphalt driveway, it's important you preserve its value with regular maintenance.

Consumer advocates at angieslist.com say being proactive with proper care will help slow down the deterioration.

Mark Pitts is a homeowner who replaced his asphalt driveway with concrete after a failing wall caused problems.

"It really started when the wall was leaning and I had to replace the wall which is beside the driveway and that all went so well and the driveway was breaking up," said Pitts.

That's when Mark decided to replace the driveway. He chose concrete because its long lasting and durable. Consumer advocates at www.angieslist.com say that's a worthwhile  investment. 

"The driveway is important to your home because it's the first thing most people see when they pull up to your house," says Angie Hicks."You want to be sure that your driveway is adding to the curb appeal versus detracting."

Contractors recommend taking steps to protect your driveway, whether it's concrete or asphalt. 

"The main thing with regard to maintenance is you want to regularly seal coat your driveway," says Michael Mays."That's the number one thing you can do. That's a proactive thing in that if you do it on a regular basis you can head off or slow down the deterioration."

"Our number one thing is safety obviously so when concrete shifts you end up with triple edge," says Chase King of King Masonry."You know they can range from quarter inch to anywhere of inch and a half to two inches. If you see that you definitely need to replace a section."

Ignoring your driveway will cost you more money down the road.  That's why contractors say investing in it now can pave the way for easier times ahead.

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