How Do I Maintain a Concrete Driveway?

There are plenty of reasons to choose concrete as the material for a driveway, but one of the biggest advantages of concrete is its hardiness as a building material. Concrete is a more durable and longer-lasting material than many others, with an average lifespan of about 30 years. Still, despite concrete’s inherent strength, it is important to maintain concrete well in order to ensure it stays in good shape and lasts as long as possible. However, unless they have worked with concrete before, it’s entirely likely that people may not know how exactly to properly maintain concrete. With that in mind, here are a few tips. 

One of the most important things to do in order to maintain concrete is to seal it. Concrete sealers form a layer on top of the concrete that can protect against the elements and some damage. It’s generally recommended to reseal the concrete every few years to maintain that protection over the course of the concrete’s life. 

Another way to help properly maintain concrete is to make sure the driveway is properly drained. While it’s not the worst thing in the world, liquids can penetrate concrete slowly weakening it over time. Concrete sealant helps prevent this, but it is also good to make sure water is able to drain off the driveway, rather than sitting on its surface. 

Finally, keep an eye out for small or surface-level damage, and fix the damage as you see it with a concrete resurfacer. It is normal for small chips, cracks, and other sorts of cosmetic damage to affect the surface of the concrete over time. While this type of damage is typically fairly limited and doesn’t affect the integrity of the concrete, it can add up over time and potentially expose the concrete to more severe damage. For these reasons, it’s best to repair cosmetic damage when it’s noticed rather than letting it stay and potentially worsen over time. 

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