With regular concrete pavement maintenance, a concrete driveway can last upto 20-30 years. But we as humans, tend to forget many things one of them probably being maintenance of your driveway?
If you wish to keep your concrete driveway in top notch condition, follow the below mentioned concrete pavement maintenance tips.
Clean On A Regular Basis
In order to maintain your concrete pavement, you need to clean it regularly. The frequency will really depend on how much the driveway gets used and how much road traffic and other pollutants you have in your area. A pressure washer is the best tool for the job. You can hire a professional pressure washing company to do the job and if your driveway has a lot of stains or other discoloration, this may be the best option since they’ll have special products for stain removal.
Get Rid Of Spills And Stains Rightaway
Clean up spills as soon as they occur. You can soak up excess oil with almost anything you have on hand that is absorbent including kitty litter, sawdust or cornmeal. Clean stains with soap and water or a commercial product intended specifically for concrete and masonry driveways. As mentioned in the previous point, you need to keep an eye out if you intend to maintain your driveway.
No matter how old your driveway may be, it’s never too late to seal and protect it from the elements. Sealing is the easiest way to protect the driveway from cracking. Once cracking sets in it’s hard to stop. To prevent this from happening, start preparing for winter in September. Power wash your driveway to remove sediments and oil if any before you apply the sealant. During winters, remember to shovel the snow. The goal is to keep water from seeping into the concrete, which later freezes and cracks the concrete.
Don’t Change Oil On Your Driveway
If you’re like a lot of people you may do at least some maintenance on your own vehicle but whenever you change the oil there’s a high risk that it may spill onto the driveway. If you have no other option, use a large drip pan available at an automotive store. They’re intended for just that purpose. Or just do the maintenance somewhere else which will save you the hassle of cleaning it later on.
Repair Cracks When You First See Them
Cracks in concrete and masonry occur naturally due to shifting and settlement of the ground beneath. Freezing and thawing of ice and snow can widen the cracks as can weeds and grass that take hold. Repair cracks while they are still small to help prevent further damage.
If the damage is extensive, you may have to repave the entire driveway all over again. To ensure you don’t have to, ensure you take care of your driveway.
You will need a professional contractor or a construction company which will be able to help you with your repair or concrete pavement maintenance needs.