Concrete is a commonly used material when building a residential driveway. A concrete driveway is a great investment for your home. It is durable, sturdy, lasts for a very long time, and requires minimum maintenance. However, overtime factors, including weather, staining, cracks, and age, to name a few, can result in your driveway looking worn down. Maintaining your concrete driveway can go a long way in extending its service life, ensuring that it doesn’t need any major repairs or replacement before the end of its projected life expectancy. Listed below are five tips on maintaining your concrete driveway.
Cleaning Your Driveway
Regularly cleaning your concrete driveway is key in maintaining its appeal. Routine cleaning prevents staining from spills of fluids like oil, gas, and fertilizer while also preventing the buildup of dirt and grime from accumulating on your driveway.
Using sealers provides an extra layer of protection to your concrete driveway. Sealants protect your driveway against water, oil, staining, cracking, and other damage. It is recommended to reseal a concrete driveway periodically, about every two years, or whenever the sealant wears off. Outlying factors, including weather conditions, vehicle traffic, activity, and age, can also impact the frequency of resealing for your concrete driveway.
Even with sealant, cracks can still occur on your driveway. Immediately repairing those cracks is key in prolonging the life and appeal of your concrete driveway. Minor cracks often expand when left untreated, resulting in costly repairs and replacement.
Although concrete is strong and durable, it can break down and deteriorate over time. The edges of your concrete driveway are often the most fragile part, so it’s advised to avoid parking on the edge, as well as avoid parking heavy vehicles or equipment on your driveway. Parking your vehicles in the middle of the driveway can go a long way in preserving its life.
Maintenance is key in ensuring that your driveway is appealing, functional, and lasts throughout the years.
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