With the proper maintenance, concrete can last for decades. Learn to maintain your concrete at home and work.
Concrete driveways can provide many benefits. Naturally, they can improve the curb appeal and, subsequently, the value of your home. While they are originally a sizable investment, they are made to last and require minimal care. Taking the small measures necessary to maintain your concrete driveway will ensure it continues to look great for years to come. Here are some of the ways you can protect your concrete driveway.
- Treat With Care
This may be the easiest way to avoid damage to your driveway, as it costs nothing. Although concrete driveways are made to last, they aren’t necessarily meant to take the weight of heavy commercial vehicles. If you have large equipment or are having work done on your property, it may be wise to make sure they aren’t parked on the concrete.
- Remove Stains Quickly
Liquids such as oil, grease, and gasoline may cause stains and discolorations, even if your concrete driveway has been stained. In order to avoid unsightly marks, wash such harmful liquids away as soon as possible. Existing stains may come out with the use of a power washer.
- Avoid Deicing Chemicals
Though it may be tempting to use deicing chemicals on your driveway, this can lead to surface damage. The reason is that they cause thawing and refreezing of moisture, which results in the scaling of the driveway. Some products damage not just the concrete, but also the surrounding grass and plants.
- Clean and Reapply Sealer
It’s important to clean your concrete driveway regularly to maintain the seal. It should also be sealed on a regular basis for continued protection. Sealer protects the concrete driveway or sidewalk from weather damage in addition to normal wear-and-tear. For best results, concrete driveways should be sealed about every two years.
Following the above instructions will help you to keep your concrete driveway in tip-top shape for years to come. For additional tips regarding concrete maintenance, or free estimates for concrete repair and replacement, contact OSO Construction.