2012 My Driveway Dr. Blog In Review!

Happy New Year everyone! We here at My Driveway Dr. had a great year on our blog and we look to continue the streak. We received our annual summary from WordPress and we had 28,000 blog views for 2012; that’s 10,000 more than in 2011! Our top referring sites were contractortalk.com, pinterest.com, facebook.com, and youtube.com.

Thank you all for the support! We’ll leave this post on a high note, here was Driveway Impressions‘ last project of 2012. It was a large driveway in Arlington, VA. The pattern was Scallop and the color was Graphite.

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Driveway Impressions Complete Brochure

Driveway Impressions‘ complete brochure is now available online! This 12 page booklet will help answer all your questions about the decorative asphalt stamping process, the different patterns available, designs, and also colors. Learn more about the StreetPrint and StreetBond technology, and also the benefits/advantages of a Driveway Impressions driveway as compared to other decorative driveway options.
Download your free Driveway Impressions brochure today!

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Decorative Stamped Asphalt on Gardening News & Views with Dr. John

Whether you’re a gardening guru or a green thumb beginner, you may have heard of Dr. John. With 24 years of service with Merrifield Garden Center, and the winner of the 2005 Home Video Festival; he is your neighborhood garden expert. He is here to help answer all your questions about plants, flowers, weeds, tools, chemicals, pests, wildlife, landscaping, growing, and more! Dr. John has hosted a weekly show on Fairfax Public Television for many many years, showcasing different home improvement and landscaping ideas.

Driveway Impressions and decorative stamped asphalt were recently featured on Gardening News & Views with Dr. John. Hear about the different benefits compared to other decorative options, the unique process, and also the different customization options available. Take a look!

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Mr. Arlington and Arlington Realty, Inc. Features Driveway Impressions

Driveway Impressions was recently featured by Mr. Arlington and Arlington Realty, Inc. They discussed Driveway Impressions presence in the community and “unique knack for making asphalt look spectacular.”

Aaron Seekford, or “Mr. Arlington”, earned this title thanks to his local upbringing and unmatched knowledge of his hometown.  He is an expert in the Arlington, VA area and became a licensed realtor in 1995. In 2000, he became one of the youngest realtors in the DC metropolitan area to earn his broker’s license. They know all there is to know about realty and your home.

Arlington Realty Inc. and Mr. Arlington are realty experts in the DMV area, and we appropriate their support.

To read the full article about Driveway Impressions click here.

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What About Weeds?

Summer is here! Time to take out the beach gear, take off the pool covers and enjoy the sun. But its not all fun and games when it comes to your home and outdoor space when summer rolls around. So lets take out the lawn mower, gardening tools, and weed removers. Weeds and unwanted plants are a regular occurrence when Spring and Summer comes around. It can become unsightly and unruly when left untreated. One of the hardest places to get rid of vegetative growth/weeds is in between brick pavers; whether it be the sidewalk, driveway, or patio. Homeowners usually have to spray these areas with weed removers several times a summer because they keep coming back. Here is a great article from House Logic that describes the most common weeds found on your property, a natural way of removing them, and also a chemical way.Driveway Impressions Decorative Stamped Asphalt

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One of the great perks of having a Driveway Impressions StreetPrint decorative asphalt driveway is that it is a continuous surface, unlike brick pavers. The protective surfacing system, or coatings, does not support organic materials, so the weed growth seen with hand laid products is not a problem on a stamped asphalt driveway. Can’t get any better!

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Don’t Forget to BackFill!

Asphalt is one of the most common alternatives homeowners use for their driveways. It is typically more cost friendly as compared to concrete, and is rather easy to install. However, when the pavement is brand new, some simple steps can help keep your new pavement looking new for years to come, whether this be a regular asphalt driveway, or a decorative stamped asphalt driveway.

Have you looked at the edges of your asphalt driveway and seen cracks, crumbling, and break off? And wondered why this is happening, since you just recently had this driveway put in? Well this is a common result of not backfilling your driveway.

With any driveway install, the edges are typically weaker than the middle of the pavement, because there is a lack of support on the side. As a result, when you drive your car too close to the edge…or maybe even over the edge, that lack of support causes cracking and crumbling.

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However, there is a simple step you can take to help prevent this potential issue…Backfilling! We suggest backfilling the edges of your asphalt driveway and also stamped asphalt driveway with topsoil for added support. This is also enhances the  aesthetics of your driveway. Pack topsoil in the area between the driveway and the grass. You can also plant grass seed in the soil; as the grass grows in you will have a driveway that meets right up to the landscaping. Backfilling provides support on edges giving weight bearing support to vehicles that might accidentally drive off the edge; thus helping to prevent crack, crumble and break off. This is also very important in your stamped asphalt driveway as well.

See the difference in appearance with a driveway that has been backfilled.

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Watch HGTV? Then You’ve Probably Seen Us

If you are interested in home remodeling, home repairs, home makeovers, creative decorating ideas, interior and exterior improvements, home purchasing…and so on and so on (well you get the point), you probably watch HGTV and their large arrange of shows. From how to go about buying a new home, to how to improve and upgrade your current living area.

A popular one is HGTV’s Curb Appeal. Offering great ideas for how to make the most of your home’s appearance. Curb Appeal looks at homes with fresh ideas and offers up tips for turning those ideas into reality. Each episode features a real house and homeowner with guest experts who discuss the owner’s needs and propose projects to improve the home’s appearance. Then the crew goes to work, transforming outdated and boring homes with stunning makeovers.

HGTV’s Curb Appeal frequently looks at driveway improvements on the show, and below are just two episodes that have used decorative driveways (specifically stamped asphalt) to complement the overall feel of the home.The driveway is a large part of a homes first impression and is an extended part of the landscaping. Why spend all the time and effort on beautiful landscaping, and than have a big, plain, black landing strip (the asphalt driveway) sitting their as an eyesore?

After seeing these photos from the show you’ll wonder why you never thought you needed a decorative driveway…because trust us…you do.

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A Scallop patterned decorative driveway was chosen to complement the Asian elements and arts-and-crafts style of the home. Landscape designer Robert Woodman also contributed a Japanese garden to the cause.

The second episode titled “Woodland Bungalow”, featured a couple who loved the outdoors, but the plain brick facade and overgrown yard kept them trapped inside their bungalow. Designer Daniela Franciscus and landscape designer Blake Dunlevy liven up the look of the house and yard. Decorative stamped asphalt was used to give the appearance of aged stone. Random Slate was a perfect fit for this HGTV project.

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Happy 2012!

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HAPPY 2012! All of us at My Driveway Dr. and Driveway Impressions would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year. May everyday be better than the last! This year has been a time of great growth for My Driveway Dr. We received our yearly summary of our blog activity and would like to share it with you all. After all, you are the reason why we do what we do. So here are some Stats!

This year 2011, My Driveway Dr. was viewed about 13,000 times! According to WordPress…if we were a concert at the Sydney Opera House, we would have 5 sold-out shows!

In 2011, we uploaded 87 pictures! That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was on April 1st, with 150 views in a single day! This is when we launched our first ever video contest, “So You Think You’re Awesome” Video Contest! You can check out the winners and other entries on our Youtube page.

The majority of our readers are from The United States, Canada, and Australia.

And lastly, some of our most read posts of 2011 were:

1. About How Much Does A Stamped Asphalt Driveway Costs?

2. Stamped Asphalt – What’s It All About?

3. How Much Maintenance…Is Too Much Maintenance?

4. 10,700 Visitors & Creative Driveway Ideas

Thank you for continued support! We will strive to make this year better than the last!

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Stamped Asphalt Driveway, Can I Clean It? With What?

Hello again and happy Fall.

In the last couple of weeks we have been getting several calls from customers about their stamped asphalt driveways, and how to remove oil stains, wet leaf stains, and other stains off of the driveway without damaging the coating. Because of the unique StreetBond coatings that each Driveway Impression‘s driveway receives, typical stains that would normally stain plain asphalt and concrete will not stain the StreetPrint driveway. This is of Driveway Impressions Stamped ASphalt Drivewaycourse if you don’t leave stains sitting for 6 months.

After the Driveway Impressions decorative stamped asphalt driveway is installed you should periodically flush the driveway with water. this is to remove any abrasive materials like sand and dirt. It is also recommended to use a low pressure, high volume rinse. Leaving excessive abrasive materials on the driveway can decrease the overall life of the surfacing system.

One of the great benefits and advantages of a Driveway Impression‘s driveway that homeowners love, is that it is resistant to oil, grease and gas. However, it is recommended that you remove any stains from the pavement as soon as possible. If plain water does not remove the stain homeowners can use ZEP Citrus Cleaner or Simple Green; scrub the area with a stiff broom or brush, and follow it up with a high volume, low-pressure rinse. ZEP and Simple green are common cleaners that can be bought at your local hardware store.

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Welcome The Fall Season…a Perfect Time To Visit a Show

Can you smell the Fall season approaching? The shortening of the day, children returning back to school, the cooling of the temperatures…and of course, the last finishing touches on those few final home improvement projects.

It’s the perfect time to squeeze in some final home repairs or touch ups before Winter comes…and what better place to get the most information, ideas, and advice about these projects then at a Fall Home Show.

The Fall season is a time where home remodel shows and expos are at their busiest. These shows can be found throughout the United States, with the primary goal of providing the homeowner with a one-stop-shop of local home improvement contractors to fit your every need…from roof repair, window installation, driveway paving, fencing, winter proofing  etc.

Here is a very popular and well known show in the Washington DC metropolitan area: The Capital Home Show. This show is located at the Dulles Expo Center. With Ty Pennington from “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” as the official spokesperson, as well as other celebrities who make guest appearances, the Capital Home Show often draws large audiences.

If you are in need of remodeling ideas, tips, or contractors, we highly recommend attending a local home & garden show. They are both fun and helpful.

Here is a special offer for our valued readers. Use the promo code “DRIVEWAY”, and receive $4 off admission! We hope to see you there.

Capital Home Show

“The Capital Home Show is the place to experience an abundance of design inspiration, remodeling tips and new ideas.  Speak with over 500 experts and shop, compare and save on all of your home improvement projects.”

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