Improving Curb Appeal

Home Improvement

Sprucing Up the Sidewalk

The majority of modern homes have a place to park a personal vehicle, and they generally have some sort of paved path to get to the front door. People often enter their home through a back door leading into a kitchen or mudroom. They may have neglected to take a good look at that front walk, and it could be dragging down their curb appeal. There are many fun and interesting ways of sprucing up the sidewalk.

Many sidewalks are a solid pavement of concrete, and it can settle over time. It may be a good idea to begin the overall project by looking for cracks. They can indicate the need to add patches, or it might be a good idea to get a professional assessment. Settling can be caused by a variety of reasons, but not all of them will require the sidewalk to be torn up or replaced.

There are a few ways to refresh an older sidewalk, and a good first step is cutting into the lawn around it. Grass tends to grow over the edge of pavement. It may not be doing damage, but it can give it an unkempt look. Cutting away the grass at the edge will give a pristine look. It can also be a good way to ensure that any treatment of the surface will provide full coverage without harming the grass.

When adding a new look to the front walk, staining could be the best method to use. There are many concrete stains available today in a wide range of colours. They can take a tired old walk and give it a bright and happy lift. The stain could help blend the walk with the colour of the house, or it could match the trim. The options available should all be given a good look before choosing the best one to make the project a success.