Driveways are one of the most heavily-used parts of any property outside the four walls of the house. It is not just that residents and visitors may walk up or across them frequently, but also the simple fact that most driveways are home to two-tonne vehicles.

This extra weight and the wear and tear that driving in or out of this strip of tarmac involves means that, sooner or later, even the most robust driveways will have seen better days and need replacing.

Of course, driveways in Lancashire may face more challenges than in some other parts of the country, being in a wetter climate and also subject to colder temperatures than down south.

Now spring has arrived, it is a good time to assess your driveway and renew it if necessary.

A key reason for this is that winter is the season when most damage is done. If there are cracks and fissures water can seep into and then freeze, this can cause freeze-thaw and damage the surface, the same process that causes potholes in roads. This means it is easier to assess the structural state of the driveway now as any winter damage should be quite evident.

By having the work done in spring and summer, you can also benefit from the fact that the ground has thawed out from winter chills, while the job will be done and in place well before the chilly weather returns next autumn and winter.

It also means the work itself is less likely to be disrupted by severe weather, such as high winds or now, although in summer there is always the chance of a heatwave that breaks with a massive thunderstorm and a deluge.

Getting it done in spring, however, means you get the benefit of having all the work out of the way by the summer, when you might be very busy outside and want easy access to all parts of the garden. Moreover, that is when your garden will be in full bloom, so what better time to have both your flowerbeds and your driveway looking at their very best?