How to Maintain a Concrete Driveway

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Concrete driveways, patios, and walkways are a wise investment for homeowners who want to boost their home’s resale value while lowering maintenance expenses. In contrast to more expensive landscaping materials, concrete is a low-maintenance material, which is a major factor in deciding whether or not to use it.

The truth is, no driveway paving material, not even concrete, is entirely maintenance-free in the long run. The following are some recommendations to maintain a concrete driveway for extending the life and beauty of your investment.

Clean and Seal

Your concrete driveway’s best defense against deterioration is regular cleaning and sealing. The frequency of cleaning and resealing depends on the weather conditions and the amount of traffic the concrete is subjected to. It is generally recommended that driveways be resealed once every two years or when the finish shows signs of wear.

Target Cracks ASAP

To prevent further damage from water and cold weather, it’s crucial to fix any cracks or damaged sections of concrete before they become more widespread. As soon as you see any cracks or holes, fill them in. If cracks in expansion joints between concrete pieces are not sealed, they can be equally as troublesome. Contact an expert concrete contractor to address these issues.

Don’t Let Stains Seep In

Even if you use a sealer, you should still clean up any oil, gasoline, or grease spills as soon as they occur. Having stains on your driveway gives it an unappealing appearance. Most stains can be removed by pressure washing and using specialized cleaning products.

Avoid Harsh Ice-Melting Chemicals

Cracking and fissures are two of the most common surface damage caused by deicers on concrete driveways in the winter. Ammonium nitrates and sulfate-containing products are particularly hazardous because they damage the concrete chemically. If possible, refrain from using any deicers during the first winter following the installation of a new driveway, as the concrete is more vulnerable to salt. As an alternative, sand can be used to improve traction.

Only Count on Professional Contractors

Choose an unlicensed contractor, and you’ll receive a subpar end result that will cost more money in the long run. Furthermore, if the foundations aren’t correctly laid or low-quality materials are used, the extra upkeep will wind up costing you more in the future. After all, prevention is preferable to cure. Insist on using a reputable and professional company, such as A+ Driveway Replacement. We’ve been dealing with concrete for over 20 years.

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