If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that one of the primary benefits of concrete is its durability. Concrete is incredibly durable and can last for decades if properly maintained, but it does still need maintenance. Many homeowners have found themselves upset that their concrete driveway needs to be replaced ten years in, but that’s almost always because they have not done the regular maintenance that is needed to get the most out of any concrete surface. Let’s talk about what kind of maintenance a normal concrete driveway needs to last for years to come.
Cracks in concrete driveways are like taxes, they’re inevitable. Don’t panic when one occurs, but do fix it as quickly as possible. The longer a crack exists the more opportunity there is for more water and sediment to get into the deeper layers of the driveway, which can lead to larger and more costly problems. By treating cracks as they occur, you’ll give your concrete the opportunity it needs to last for decades to come.
Sealing a concrete driveway is an essential step. A proper seal does a phenomenal job of keeping moisture from seeping into the concrete itself. Most people know to seal their driveway when the concrete is first poured, but many neglect to reseal their driveway on a regular basis. You should be resealing your driveway every two-three years depending on the type of weather your driveway is exposed to.
While it might not seem like a big deal, the accumulation of normal dust, dirt and grit can take a toll on your driveway over time. By regularly sweeping your driveway clear of debris, and rinsing it with water you’ll extend it’s life by years.
Concrete driveways are not maintenance free, but a little bit of effort goes a long way. If you follow the maintenance tips outlined in this article, you’ll likely find that your concrete driveways last for years to come.