Keeping your driveway looking good and free from damage is a big part of making sure your home remains presentable. Here are some important tips to help maintain your concrete driveway.
Keep It Clean
It is important to keep your driveway free and clear of any debris. You can clean the driveway with a gentle chemical or you can do a power wash if you prefer not to use harsh chemicals. Some spills may cause your concrete to discolor, in that case, those should be cleaned up immediately to prevent any damage. Any sort of gas or oil spill should also be cleaned up immediately. The sealant will temporarily protect the driveway but it needs to be cleaned up in a timely fashion to avoid discoloration.
When your concrete was originally set, it would have been sealed with a high-grade sealant. In order to maintain your driveway, you should have it resealed every few years. A professional sealant protects the driveway from the elements and normal wear and tear.
Stay Clear of De-Icer
De-icing chemicals can wreak havoc on a drive when used repeatedly in the winter months. The chemical enters into the cracks and joints, with repeated thaws and then refreezes this can lead to serious cracks and damage to the concrete. Rock salt is a better alternative to chemicals or the best option would be to use sand during the winter months.
Avoid using sharp tools to remove snow which can cause cracks and damage to your driveway. Instead use a snow blower to remove the snow, the cost to purchase the snow blower will be much less than having to replace your driveway prematurely.
When you see cracks form on the driveway, you should have them repaired as soon as possible. Fixing minor issues as they come up will prevent further damage. If you leave the cracks, water will eventually enter and cause the concrete to break up.
If you’re looking for professional concrete contractors, then contact Martino Home Improvements today. From concrete services to siding installation, we are a home improvement company that is dedicated to serving your home’s needs.