Maintaining a Concrete Driveway

Concrete DrivewayDecorative concrete driveways make the best lanes due to their low maintenance requirements. However, it doesn't mean we should overlook the simple hacks that will help extend the life and beauty of a concrete driveway.

While concrete pavements appear stable, they are prone to damage from excessive heat and cold. Fortunately, repairing and maintaining driveways is a relatively affordable and straightforward project.  

  • Cleaning and resealing the driveway

Concrete driveways require regular cleaning to prevent normal dirt and grime buildup. Cleaning techniques and products vary depending on the type of concrete. Additionally, it is important to reseal the concrete driveway using appropriate sealers every two years or when the finish begins to wear out. Be sure to use high-quality sealing products.

  • Repair cracks

Even the tiniest cracks can create an unsightly look on a driveway. Therefore, it is important to repair cracks as soon as they appear using a concrete bonding agent to avoid water intrusion.

  • Get rid of stains

While sealers prevent concrete from absorbing stains, it is important to rid off any gasoline, oil or grease spills immediately. For stains that have set in intensely, use a pressure washing machine and the appropriate cleaning chemicals.

  • Create some space for snow

Snow and other particles need to drain off the driveway. Edge out the sides of the alley by removing the sod within two or three inches of cement. This way snow and other particles won't build up on the driveway.

  • Avoid use of de-icing chemicals

During the cold season, it can be pretty difficult to maintain a driveway. So most homeowners end up using de-icers to rid off the ice and maintain a home's curb appeal. However, most de-icing chemicals contain ammonium sulfates and ammonium nitrates that cause moisture to thaw and refreeze beneath the driveway thus causing damage. Most experts recommend the use of rock salt and calcium chloride instead of the usual de-icing chemicals, but it can quickly destroy the surrounding vegetation. The ideal way to add traction to icy driveways is through the use of sand or kitty litter.

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Driveways can make a lasting impression about a home, so the need to perform regular maintenance procedures is something you should not ignore.