Give Yourself a Beautiful Driveway With Stamped Concrete

Committing To Long Term Care - Tips For Concrete Driveway Maintenance

by Milton Myers

If you've recently had your concrete driveway broken up and re-poured, you know that that process can be both lengthy and challenging. It's important that you take all the steps you can to maintain your concrete rather than having to deal with a full replacement again. Keeping yourself informed about those steps is a very important part of the process.

Below, you'll find a guide to some suggestions for maintaining your concrete driveway. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and by taking these preventative measures, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing you've done everything you can to protect your investment for many years to come.

Sealer Application

Concrete is most at risk of breaking down when its surface is penetrated by water and other contaminants and the sediment that makes up the concrete is subsequently weakened. It's important that you do all that you can to make sure that the surface of your concrete stays strong and impenetrable.

Commercial sealing products of many forms can all go a long way in making sure your driveway stays strong. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for reapplication. Staying on top of applying sealer is a great way to guarantee that you don't find yourself having to deal with expensive re-pouring in the future.

Avoid Deicer

People who live in cold climates are intimately familiar with the challenge of navigating an icy driveway in frozen weather. While it can be tempting to do all you can to prevent this accumulation, it may have unintended consequences on the stability of your concrete.

Many deicing products will react chemically with your concrete in ways that encourage scaling and breakdowns. You should try to avoid applying deicer if at all possible, as the damage to your driveway is likely to be long lasting unless you're particularly diligent about scrubbing and cleaning any remaining residue.

Be Aware Of Its Limitations

While many people may not think of concrete as having a weight limit, home concrete driveways are truly not designed to stand up to heavyweight commercial equipment. Overloading your driveway can cause stress and eventually fractures, and these fractures can cause your driveway to crumble. You should also take special care when shoveling or plowing your driveway, as repeated strikes from hard metal edges can cause cracks that eventually turn your new, beautiful concrete driveway into a crumbling mess that is again in need of repair.

Of course, it's impossible to plan for everything Mother Nature will throw at you. In the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster, you should probably hire a concrete breaking company to have your old driveway removed again.