Concrete driveways provide a luxurious and durable aesthetic to the front of your home, but like all outdoor installations, are susceptible to damage due to excessive weather, water, and elemental exposure. In addition, your driveway also takes all of the abuse that your cars and vehicles subject it to. Thankfully, you can do a few things to maintain both the appearance and the structural integrity of your driveway.
Clean Spills Quickly
You should always make the best possible effort to clean up spills on the surface of your driveway. This is because of two main reasons. Firstly, gasoline, oil, transmission fluid, or other chemicals that are leaking out of your cars can leave unsightly stains that can mar the surface of your concrete driveway. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is the fact that these chemicals can eat away at the sealant over your driveway and at the concrete itself, causing cracks and holes to develop in the surface of your driveway which can quickly spread. You can wipe up spills using rags or other absorbent materials and can use a hose or pressure washer to rinse off any remnant traces afterwards.
In a similar vein to the above point, you should avoid putting any chemicals on your driveway that are not specially formulated for use on concrete. In particular, this refers to deicing chemicals and salt, which can cause damage to the sealant of your driveway. You should also avoid cleaning materials that are not designed specifically for use on sealed concrete, as they can cause damage as well.
Avoid Sharp Objects
When shoveling snow or raking leaves, make sure to not make use of metal tools with sharp edges. They can scratch at the surface of your concrete driveway and be the beginning of a crack or hole that later develops due to freezing water or temperature fluctuation. Stick with plastic tools that are not durable enough to do any damage to your driveway.
You should also regularly reseal your concrete driveway to help maintain the strength and appearance of its surface. As a general rule of thumb, you should reseal your driveway every two years, but in reality it largely depends on how much wear your driveway experiences. Keep an eye on the appearance of your driveway: once it begins to appear worn and faded, you should look into having a paving contractor come in and apply a fresh coat of sealant.Share
23 February 2017
Having a driveway and parking lot paves on your property is an excellent way to ensure that you don't have to deal with mud, rocks, and tons of insects every time you leave the house or head back home. However, pavement needs to be properly taken care and maintained if you expect it to hold up to wear and tear throughout the years. Getting rid of the weeds is one of the biggest aspects to focus on. Weeds can grow right through the pavement and break it apart until cracks and chips occur if left unchecked. This blog was designed to help you maintain the integrity of your newly paved driveway so it stays beautiful for decades to come.