How To Properly Maintain Your Concrete Driveway

Posted on: 3 December 2014

Since your driveway sees a lot of wear and tear over the years, it is important to make sure you properly maintain it with some simple maintenance tips. This will help maintain the look of the driveway for many years to come.

Apply A Sealcoat

Sealcoating is a great way to protect the surface of the cement, as it will protect it from oil stains, salt damage, and other factors that can discolor the cement. Sealcoating a driveway only takes a few hours, and is very similar to painting. You simply apply the sealcoat material with rollers and paint brushes, and let it dry for at least 24 hours. The protective barrier will prevent those stains from setting into the concrete.

Immediately Remove Stains

Even if you have a sealcoat applied, stains will need to be treated immediately to prevent them from causing long-term damage. The best way to treat oil and other liquids that leak from your car is with an absorbent material. Cat litter and sawdust work great for this purpose. Sprinkle the material over the stain, let it soak up the stain, and then sweep it away. The cement will need to be scrubbed with soap and water, but the damage will be easier to clean.

Avoid Deicing Chemicals

Chemicals that remove the ice in your driveway can cause a lot of harm to your cement. These chemicals work by eating away at the top layer it is applied to. While it will work its way through the ice, it will also cause damage to your cement once it reaches the surface. If your problem with ice is a lack of traction, cover the ice with sand. When the spring comes, all you need to do is sweep away the sand.

Repair Cracks

As the ground beneath your driveway shifts, cracks may begin to appear. These cracks will only get worse over time, as water gets inside them, freezes, and causes cracks to get bigger. You can use a cement filler to cover these cracks as soon as you notice them. It might not look the best, but it will stop the problem from looking worse.

Resurfacing The Cement

If your driveway looks horrible from years of neglect, you may think your only option is to replace your entire driveway. Resurfacing will give your driveway a makeover, as it only replaces the top layer. Not only will it be much cheaper than complete driveway replacement, but will look just as good.

By following these tips, you will be able to keep your driveway looking great and prevent the need for early replacement. If you need some concrete repairs, contact S&W Concrete.