Many people choose concrete for their driveway because they have been told this material requires no maintenance. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Although there is less maintenance needed when a person opts for this material, certain tasks must be completed routinely to keep the surface looking its best.
Never Allow Spills to Sit
Any spill on a concrete driveway needs to be addressed immediately. This includes not only gas and oil, but any other material that spills on the driveway. If this material is not removed rapidly, it may stain the surface. Fortunately, specific cleaning chemicals used with a pressure washer are enough to remove the majority of stains on a driveway made of concrete.
Repair Holes and Cracks
As soon as a hole or crack appears in the driveway, repair it. This is one task that should never be put off because any water that makes its way into the crack or hole can do significant damage. This is of particular concern in the winter. If water makes its way into the surface and freezes, it could make the existing problem worse or create a new one.
The temperature rarely falls below freezing in Scottsdale. In fact, this only happens 4.5 nights each year, on average. However, nobody wants to be the one who learns they have damaged their driveway by getting it wet and having this water freeze on the surface.
If the driveway does freeze, avoid using a deicer. These chemical products can harm the concrete and make it more prone to damage. If traction is needed, use sand rather than a deicer to protect the driveway from harm.
Before repairing a hole or crack, sweep the driveway and power wash it. Allow the surface to dry before applying the patching material. Once the patch dries, apply concrete sealant.
Clean and Seal the Driveway
Clean the driveway regularly and seal it. The number of times you must carry out these tasks depends on the amount of use the driveway gets and the local climate. Experts recommend cleaning and sealing the driveway a minimum of once every two years. However, if the surface shows wear before the two-year period is up, clean and seal the driveway then.
Minimize Contact with Water
Although a person cannot protect their driveway from rain, they should do everything possible to minimize its contact with water otherwise. For example, avoid washing vehicles on the concrete driveway. This ensures if there are any holes or cracks developing in the surface, water won’t get into them and create issues. In addition, ensure the home’s downspouts are directed away from the driveway rather than depositing water from the gutters on the surface.
Don’t drive heavy vehicles over concrete. Have these vehicles park somewhere other than the driveway to protect it. If they must use the driveway, consider investing in protection mats or other products that will protect the surface from harm.
With proper maintenance and care, a concrete driveway will hold up extremely well. However, remain vigilant. If any problems develop with the driveway, address them immediately. Doing so will protect the surface and ensure the driveway always looks its best.