Driveway Cleaning Services in Guildford
Driveway Cleaning and Sanding
If your driveway is covered with overgrown weeds, moss, or if it has developed a lot of dirt over the years, then you may want to give it a good clean. A commercial pressure wash is the best and most effective type of driveway clean. There are many companies and tradespeople in the UK that offer driveway cleaning services.
Although a driveway clean can be done as a DIY project, it is more effective to choose a professional cleaning service to ensure you get the best result possible. It is a good idea to have your driveway cleaned once a year to remove surface dirt, and this allows water to run off your drive more easily, therefore, reducing the risk of any injuries from slipping on the driveway.
The cost to have your driveway professionally power washed can vary depending on the size of your driveway. On average, a professional driveway power wash will cost you around £250 - £400.
All exterior surfaces, when exposed to the elements over time, will be subject to a build-up of dirt, grime, algae, moss, and weeds. Driveways are no different and require regular cleaning to keep them in top shape. Leaving moss and weeds to grow in layers of accumulated dirt is not only incredibly unsightly, but it also greatly reduces the lifespan of your driveway.
This is why it is important to ensure that your driveway is cleaned regularly. A good professional jet wash is the perfect way to transform your driveway, making it look almost brand new.
Power Wash Driveway Prices
Professional driveway cleaning contractors use high-powered commercial-grade equipment to clean concrete, natural stone, block paving, brick, tarmac, or paving slab driveways. Most oil stains can be removed with a professional clean, as well as moss and weed growth being eradicated, too.
Below is a table indicating the prices you should expect to pay for a professional driveway power wash.
Cost to clean and seal a small sized driveway
£100 - £130
£170 - £200
5 - 6 hours
Cost to clean and seal a medium sized driveway
£120 - £150
£190 - £220
6 - 7 hours
Cost to clean and seal a large sized driveway
£140 - £170
£220 - £250
7 - 8 hours
Cost of cleaning only for a small sized driveway
£18 - £25
£75 - £90
1 - 2 hours
Cost of cleaning only for a medium sized driveway
£20 - £27
£80 - £100
1 - 3 hours
Cost of cleaning only for a large sized driveway
£25 - £32
£100 - £120
2 - 3 hours
Prices of a driveway power wash can depend greatly on the size of your driveway along with how dirty your driveway is. The amount of moss and weeds can also affect the cost, and this will require more work from the contractor, ultimately taking longer for the job to be completed.
Driveway Cleaning, Sanding and Sealing
How Much To Clean And Seal A Driveway?
The average cost of cleaning and sealing a driveway is typically around £300 for an average sized driveway. The average price varies depending on location and also how much the trademan charges per square metre. As mentioned, the process will typically cost between £8.50 and £12.50 per square metre. The overall time to complete the job will be a few days as the tradesmen will need to apply a chemical fungicide and this will need to be left for a few days to dry in order to prevent weed growth.
Driveway Cleaning & Sealing Prices
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to clean and seal a driveway:
|DRIVEWAY SIZE||AVG. COST||DURATION|
|Small Driveway||£200||4-5 hours|
|Medium Driveway||£300||6-7 hours|
|Large Driveway||£400||7-8 hours|
Individual costs for cleaning and sealing a medium sized driveway - Total Cost: £300
Cleaning, Sanding, Sealing - What The Job Entails:
Sealing a block paved patio or driveway has many benefits, over and above looking elegant and stylish! A quality sealer will also protect and secure your paving from the elements and help to reduce usage wear and tear. Block paving is expensive, so sealing it is a sensible thing to do to protect your investment. Block paving can protect your paving from stains such as oil leaks from cars, helps to prevent algae and weeds from growing, lengthens the lifespan of the driveway by binding the jointing sand used and reduces the level of fading and wear, preserving the colour of your paving.
Cleaning and sealing a driveway will involve using a pressure washer to remove all traces of weeds, algae and any old stains. Then once the driveway is completely dry and clean, joints are refilled with kiln dried sand if required and all excess sand is removed from the surface. Finally, the sealer is applied using a brush, roller or a squeegee, as per manufacturer’s instructions.
You may want to consider cleaning and updating other areas of your home at the same time. The companies which offer driveway cleaning and sealing services will often also offer other brick & masonry cleaning services, which will be ideal for any walls which border the driveway to finish the job nicely - a sparkling clean drive bordered by grubby walls will not look great!
Driveway cleaning, sanding and sealing will typically cost between £8.50 and £12.50 per square metre. but the prices quoted will vary with location, the type of sealant and the size of the drive. The type of sealant used makes a big difference to the price, the most expensive of the sealants on offer is "Resiblock", but this product comes highly recommended.
Lichen on sandstone
Even Yorkstone isn't completely immune
Lichens on block paving
Black spots on 100mm sandstone setts
Dealing with Lichens
The black (sometimes white) spots are almost always a lichen, pronounced ly-ken in most places, but as lit-chen by the sort of awkward sod who revels in perversity for the sake of it. Other than disfiguring paving in the damper parts of Britain and Ireland, their main claim to fame is that they are a favourite nibble of Reindeer. However, it has not been possible, so far, to prove that their prevalence on the patios of these islands is in anyway related to the lack of the aforesaid grazing Reindeer.
Lichens are strange things. They are symbionts, which means they are two different organisms living in sin, if you will. There is a bit that does the photosynthesis business which is usually some form of algae or bacteria, and this gets into a mutually beneficial relationship with a fungus, which functions as an anchor as well as acquiring minerals from whatever it is the lichen is growing on. The fungus sends little fungussy rootlets, known as hyphae, down into the substrate, namely the paving or walling, and such is the tenacity of these things that it's damned near impossible to shift them. They form a 'crustose' growth, which means they are flat and stick like the proverbial to a blanket.
As hundreds, if not thousands of visitors to this site have commented, brushing, scrubbing, and even power-washing can have little effect on the disfiguring little spots, and the longer they are left unchallenged, the bigger they get.
Which landscaping materials are affected?
In theory, all paving and walling materials are susceptible, but some are more susceptible than others. The exponential growth in the use of imported stone for paving in recent years has provided a wonderful new opportunity for lichen. Although they can and do set up residence on concrete paving , it wouldn't naturally be their first choice. What they like is a nice, porous, easily penetrated sedimentary stone, which is what we've been providing for them in abundance with the mass installation of imported sandstone paving.The limestones imported from the same part of the world are less affected, but not immune, and the various granites and basalts from wherever are much more resistant, due to their crystalline rather than granular structure. As mentioned, concrete products are liable to colonisation by these airborne squatters, but the type of concrete will determine just how badly affected is any particular paving. Wet-cast products with a relatively low cement content are noticeably more prone to lichens than cement-rich pressed pavers.
Decorative concrete is fairly resistant as long as the seal coat is intact and in good condition. Tarmacadam , asphalt and resin-bound surfacing is less commonly affected, but again, it is not unknown.
It has been pointed out that cement mortar joints are rarely colonised, but it's uncertain whether this is actually true or whether simple weathering and erosion of the jointing doesn't give the lichens long enough to set up camp.