Tips For Maintaining a Concrete Driveway

One of the most used areas of your home is the driveway, usually ignored until it cracks or stains. Give your driveway the attention it deserves by quickly making repairs. Experts from ABC Paving company from Florida point out that not only can you prolong the life of your driveway and appealing look well into the future, but you’ll also save money in the long run.

Think about these 7 tips to help you maintain your driveway:

1. Clean your driveway frequently

How often you should clean your driveway is determined by the amount of pollutants in the air, as well as how much traffic it gets. You can hire an expert concrete cleaning service provider to power wash your driveway; however, for many of us, simply using a home pressure washer every few months to power wash the drive will be sufficient to ensure that it stays clean.

2. Prevent cracks

This means sealing asphalt every couple of years and sealing concrete every year to prevent water from seeping into the concrete, causing it to freeze and crack. Shrub and tree roots are capable of causing cracks by pushing up from beneath. The answer to the problem is trimming the roots away or removing trees near driveways.

3. Fill cracks

Small cracks can happen because of natural shifting or settling of the ground. If they are not repaired, yearly cycles of freezing and melting will widen these cracks causing them to be large enough for weeds to take root and in just a couple years, you might need to resurface the whole drive.

4. Reduce water on the driveway

You should clear a 2 to 3-inch strip around the driveway's edge to give a runoff area for water and snow to decrease its likelihood of penetrating the surface. Make sure also that downspouts drain into the yard instead of your driveway.

5. Do not salt cement

Salt and chemical deicers are quite hard on any gardens or grass growing alongside your drive but probably worse, will eat into your concrete's surface and cause it to deteriorate. It's advisable that you spread sand on frozen patches to offer traction during the winter season - you can just sweep it up during spring.

6. Plow carefully

You should raise your snow plow's blade to make sure it does not damage or scrape the surface of your driveway. For uneven surfaces, use a plastic shovel to minimize its risk of catching on the driveway. After that, either remove snow a couple of inches at a time while working your way earthward or push snow to the side and shovel that off.

7. Protect the edges

Surprisingly, driveways are not intended for heavy trucks. Edges may chip because of too much weight. It is advisable not to park your vehicles near the edges. Also, trucks should never park there during home remodeling projects.

It's important to have a clean, well-maintained driveway, which not only enhances curb appeal but simply lasts for a longer time than driveways that are overlooked.

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