Why You Should Consider Repairing Your Driveway

Thinking about repairing your driveway? You may have your doubts but it’s definitely worth it!

Repairing or fully repaving a driveway is an expensive task. It’s also an easy thing to brush aside as a task you can do next year.

Before you know it, next year is here and then next (and the next) without taking action to repair your driveway. But like anything, if you ignore an issue, it only gets worse with time.

The good news is that when you repair your driveway, you’re investing in your home or property! A fully repaved asphalt driveway lasts about 20 years.

Your investment is not only long term but can have other benefits, including adding to your home’s curb appeal. Keep reading for a few reasons to consider repairing your driveway this summer!

Property Value

When you’re getting a home or business appraised, how it looks matters. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

But when you look at cracked, uneven pavement, it can make your property seem like it’s not worth as much money. Cosmetic cracks, uneven pavement, grass or moss growth, and stains all impact the visual appeal of a home.

When you see a fresh new driveway, it adds a sharper look to your entire property. It also adds an unspoken social signal that increases the perceived value of your home.

It says, “We care about how our home looks.” If you are looking to sell any time soon, it’s also possible a buyer may hesitate on the sale when factoring in the cost of repair/replacement costs.

Winter Damage

Let’s face it, age wears on everything eventually. Especially if you’re living in New England. The seasons here range from hot to freezing.

Your driveway is going to take some abuse as a result. Your driveway overheats, thaws out, refreezes, and it continues year after year.

It’s also supporting the weight of heavy vehicles and equipment year-round. That means your concrete is expanding and contracting.

This is why you see cracks in your pavement or in your driveway. Your driveway will eventually succumb to the abuse. At that point, you’ll need to consider either a patch repair or a full repave.

Drainage issues

A well-designed drainage system and driveway can stand up to the damage of being outside. You need to have a well-designed drainage system to survive New England’s unpredictability.

You don’t want to see pools of water collecting on an uneven area of your driveway. If you see this, your driveway is trying to tell you it needs patching.

Water left to sit will create potholes or even help mold grow over the pavement. This can cause bad staining and other problems.

Got questions about your driveway? Looking for a quick quote? Seabreeze Property Services in Portland, ME is more than happy to help!

Please contact us and we can chat about your specific situation. We are confident that our work will leave you happy and satisfied for years to come.

Don’t let your driveway stress you out this summer! Instead, let the experts take care of it while you relax!

3 Quick Tips For A Greener Lawn

Landscape maintenance has always been at the core of Seabreeze Property Services. From large businesses, public places, and residential homes, first impressions come from the exterior of your building.

When it comes to your lawn, there’s nothing worse than a brown lawn, especially right before summer! Keep reading for three quick tips on how to get a greener lawn!

1. Mow Higher!

Some lawns need a little extra length to thrive. If your mower is on the lowest setting, raise it up. Shorter lawns can limit deep root growth.

Deep root growth is what you’re looking for if you want your lawn to resist pests, weeds, and any drought conditions.

You may want to try mowing around the 2 or 3-inch setting. This will allow the trouble grass areas to fill in without getting mulched straight into the dirt weekly.

If you favor a shorter cut, it will be a waiting game to have the lawn fill in. Then you can slowly try to reduce the height of the mower to see how the grass handles it.

It may take some time to see results, but it will be worth it when your lawn is lush and ready for summer entertaining! Spring is the perfect time to start this process.

2. Water Your Grass At The Right Time

Your grass is not a delicate flower. It’s a plant that can handle some abuse.

After all, remember that it’s able to survive throughout the winter. For your grass to thrive, there are a few things you need to do. First things first, water your grass at the right time.

The best time to water your grass is in the early morning. Why? This is before it gets too hot.

This is important because it allows the water to make into the roots of the grass. That’s a key component if you’re looking for a lush, green lawn.

Watering before it gets too hot will also do its part to prevent disease problems in your lawn, like Necrotic Ring Spot fungus or root rot.

3. Make “Keep Off” Zones

Rarely is an entire lawn completely troublesome. Poor grass growth usually comes in spots.

This happens for many reasons. Too much shade, too much sun exposure, the dog using that area or kids needed a place for the pitcher’s mound.

These are all common things that could result in problem spots. It is best to try and limit exposure to abuse to your grass. Make some of these areas the “keep off” zones.

Once you have designated your “keep off zones”, rotate them as necessary. This is the same technique most golf courses use to maintain the beauty of shorter par 3 holes. You might want to try it yourself if your grass is giving you a lot of problems!

Are you still having trouble getting the lawn you’ve always wanted? Thinking about fertilizer and don’t know how to navigate options?

Sometimes you need a professional to step in and help out! Contact Seabreeze Property Services in Portland, ME for a quote today!

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3 Ideas For A Beautifully Landscaped Yard

Are you tired of how your yard looks? Do you want new ideas about how to change it? Updating your landscaping is a great way to change how your home looks and make your living space more fun.

Finding the inspiration to landscape your yard can be hard. How do you choose when there are so many options all around you?

Flowers, plants, trees, designs…it can be a bit of a whirlwind! Want inspiration without leaving your computer? Keep reading for 3 ideas to create your own beautifully landscaped yard!

Masonry and Stonework

One of the easiest ways to spice up your yard is to add some masonry and stonework. Masonry and stonework ca mean a lot of things. It could mean adding a walkway for guests through your yard or putting stones in as a border around your flowerbeds.

It could also mean putting in stairs in your yard. The point is that you’re adding something to new to your outdoor space to make it look completely different.

Always wanted a patio? Our team of designers and masons can help create a patio that fits your needs and looks great.

Want to entertain outside without having to go back and forth to your kitchen? Our team can even create an outdoor kitchen for you and your family to enjoy!

Say goodbye to ho-hum summer nights and hello to exciting evenings with the ones you love! It’s a lot easier to love your space when you get to create it from start to finish with a team of experts.

Planting and Installations

Do you remember the last time you changed or added new plants to your yard? If you can’t, it’s definitely time for a refresh!

Plants are an easy way to make your yard look like new. You can remove all your current plants and flowers or start small and only remove a few. It’s your yard, after all, so it’s up to you how drastic the changes will be.

Adding trees, flowers, perennials, and greenery will make your yard feel like an oasis as the weather gets warmer. Tired of the same old view when you look out while washing dishes?

Planting trees in your yard is a great way to give your yard more dimension and depth. With a newly decorated yard, you’ll have more color, no matter what time of year.

Our team will work with you to pick out the plants and greenery that fit your design and maintenance needs. Redesigning your yard is an exciting project that you want to do right.

Excavation and Drainage

Before you start a major masonry, stonework, or landscaping project, you need to have your yard evaluated to see if it needs to be excavated or drained. There’s no point in putting in the money for a beautiful new yard if it floods or gets ruined immediately.

Our team can help you decide if you need excavation, drainage, or grading for your next yard project. Grading is beneficial for leveling or changing your land before doing a major landscaping project.

Grading is important for adding paths, stairs, patios, and different plants.

Excavation, drainage, and grading are important to help control water when it rains. You want the water to flow away from your house and these options make that happen.

Are you ready to have some help landscaping your yard? Reach out to Seabreeze Property Services in Portland, ME to find out more about how we can help!

7 Reasons To Invest In 24-Hour Snow Plowing

Do you have a back injury? Are you a business owner? Living in Maine means the winters are long and snow is inevitable.

There are many reasons why you might need to hire a 24-hour snow plowing service. Making the decision that you need help is important! Keep reading for 7 reasons to invest in 24-hour snow plowing!

1. To Prevent Injury

Not shoveling with the correct technique can cause injuries. Shoveling injuries include broken bones, back and shoulder injuries, heart attacks and more.

To prevent these occurring, hiring a professional is key. Business owners, property managers, and homeowners should hire professionals.

It’s a lot easier to keep the people around you safe when snow and ice are being removed correctly too.

2. Overnight Storms

For business owners, an overnight storm can cause problems. How many times has a snow ban made your life harder than it needs to be?

If you aren’t there to shovel, how does the snow get removed within the deadline? This is why hiring a professional is a great solution.

Professionals clear snow in a timely manner and make it safer for people to walk on your property.

3. You Don’t Have Time

Snow removal takes time. Our lives are busy and not having the proper amount of time to remove snow and ice is a problem.

Time is an issue for business owners with large parking lots or several walkways to clear. You want to focus on your business and not removing the snow. Why not leave it to the professionals instead?

They have current and proper tools to maximize efficiency and clear your property. Finally, this allows you as the property owner to focus on your life and business.

You have better things to do than shoveling for hours on end!

4. Having the Right Tools

To safely remove snow, you need to have the best tools. Most businesses and homeowners do not invest in the most current technology.

But professional snow removal companies do. The key to safe and efficient snow removal is owning the correct tools.

5. Avoid Property Damage

Did you know that improper snow removal can damage your property? If you do not remove snow correctly, it can result in unsightly property damage.

This is anything but ideal for businesses and property owners. It is important for everything to look nice and clean.

When snow and ice aren’t removed properly, concrete can crack or chip. Also, your landscaping could be damaged when snow and ice aren’t removed the right way.

Professionals know how to remove snow and ice without causing damage.

6. Be a Good Neighbor

Keeping your neighbors safe is important. Prompt removal of snow during winter storms is one way to achieve this.

Everyone appreciates it when the sidewalks around their house are clear. It prevents injuries and unnecessary lawsuits when people fall down.

People should be able to go outside without worrying about their safety. When you keep sidewalks clear, your neighbors will be happier and able to stay active, no matter what the weather might be!

7. Keep Track of Your Pets

Do you have small pets that love the outdoors? When the snow is taller than our pets, it’s hard to see them!

Plowing your property before you take your pets out is important for keeping them safe. You don’t want to lose your pet in the snow!

Even if they wear colorful harnesses or clothing, you may be unable to see your dog in tall snowdrifts. Having snow plowing services comes in handy when you want to take your pet out in the snow without any worries!

Are you ready to invest in 24-hour snow plowing services? Reach out to Seabreeze Property Services in Portland, ME to find out more about how we can help you with snow plowing this winter!

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