A beautiful home exterior – Photo Courtesy: Krynop
When the time arrives for you to think about doing some posh home improvements, you can often get carried away with the choice. There are a myriad of excellent upgrade ideas to consider, but the internet sometimes makes these choices even harder to make.
There are so many home improvement websites that offer excellent advice, so that you sometimes wish you had an extra home just to compare the differences.
This article takes a look at using liquid limestone to beautify your external living areas.
Why The Exterior Matters
Photo Courtesy: ARNOLD Masonry and Concrete
Many homeowners spend a fortune on the interior of their home and tend to neglect how important the exteriors are. When people look at your home, they rarely even get a chance to view the interior, and the way your house is presented externally is what they take away with them. If your home looks a bit tatty and needs some love, why not make this your priority the next time that you have some time and cash available?
As well as your garden, the main external features to an average home are as follows:
- Your driveway
- Any patio areas
- Your garage
- External windows and doors
The materials that are used for your driveway can often start to deteriorate and soon become an embarrassment. There can be nothing worse than pulling up to your house and trying to distract yourself from this unsightly mess. We will also address the patio situation in this article and explore an exciting new option for you to consider.
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Liquid Limestone – The Facts
Liquid limestone is a beautiful substance that offers a stunningly smooth surface and is very durable. It is poured, like concrete, onto your structures and can be formed into many shapes and designs. Unlike paving, there is no possibility of weeds ever popping up and it has incredibly high thermal resistance.
Once your liquid limestone has set correctly, you will have virtually zero maintenance to worry about. A typical liquid limestone driveway should remain undamaged for about 5 years. If you apply a decent water based sealer, you should not have any issues with leaking. This will also offer immediate protection to the surface from scratches and marking.
Left: Limestone – Photo Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
On Your Driveway
You will first need to remove the old structure and this may take some considerable effort; why not ask a local builder to do this for you? You can keep the old design for your new liquid limestone driveway or fill in the old foundations and think of something new instead.
Choosing liquid limestone is another aspect you need to consider as it comes in a variety of finishes and designs. Think about your own design and try to pick a colour and shade that compliments this nicely. This improvement can be done by a dedicated home owner with a few pals to help, or you can shop around for a professional team to do this for you.
When applying this material to your patio, you should treat it in a similar fashion to concrete and choose the colour and shade according to the nearest external wall. Otherwise you may risk a nasty clash of themes, if you are in any doubt, just ask for the building team to give you their considered opinion. Also bear in mind that you may need to have some control lines cut into the patio to avoid cracking at a later date.
What Are You Waiting For?
Have a look on the web for the massive variety of liquid limestone colours and shades available, you will soon be tearing up that grotty driveway for something far easier on the eye!
Author of this post, Neil McGuire, works for Parker Concrete which is a prominent provider of liquid limestone patios in Perth. He is a sincere employee and a fun-loving person who likes to spend time with his family during his time off from work.