Concrete driveways are often preferred because of their low maintenance. While asphalt requires upkeep over several years, concrete, once installed and sealed, requires very little care. However, the concrete costs more than asphalt to install, so you do pay a price for the time you will save.
A concrete driveway can be an excellent choice for the exterior of your home. Concrete is a durable substance that can offer years of use without requiring many repairs. Proper maintenance is the key to a concrete driveway that adds function and aesthetic quality to your home.
The most important part of installing any driveway is the company that you choose. Once you’ve decided which material is right for your home, call Advanced Paving Services, a contractor that specializes in driveway installations. We will give you specific pointers to maintain the appearance of your driveway, while ensuring it will stay crack free for years to come.
Concrete that is poured on a faulty foundation will eventually crack, although concrete cracks can be repaired, if the underlying cause still exists it will often crack again. Working with a professional concrete company such as Advanced Paving Services who will create a good foundation prior to pouring the concrete is crucial for longevity and a virtually maintenance free driveway.
Concrete driveways can be tinted or stained to complement the exterior of your home. Although you may prefer the look of off white concrete, you may want to consider a darker color that is less likely to stain. The easiest way to alter the color of concrete is to add tint to the mix before pouring, so be sure to consult with APS if you would like to alter the color.
How to Keep your Concrete Driveway in Top Condition
A concrete driveway can be an excellent choice for the exterior of your home. Concrete is a durable substance that can offer years of use without requiring many repairs. Proper maintenance is the key to a concrete driveway that adds function and aesthetic quality to your home. Advanced Paving Services will provide you with maintenance tips and the services you need to keep your concrete driveway in top shape for as long as possible.
Sealing the Surface
A new concrete driveway should be sealed after construction to protect the surface. A sealant should be reapplied regularly – maybe once a year – to keep the protection going strong. Some types of sealants need not be reapplied as often. Check the instructions on the sealant used or talk to a concrete contractor about the best schedule for sealing your driveway. In many cases, a new coat may be applied after the surface is pressure washed. Sealant comes in a clear or tinted solution, depending on the preference of the homeowner.
Cleaning the Driveway
Driveways are subject to staining from oil and gasoline. Fresh oil stains can often be removed using plain dish soap and a scrubbing brush. Avoid wire brushes, since these can scratch and erode concrete surfaces. Apply a bit of soap and use some elbow grease to pick up the stain. You can rinse the area with your garden hose or apply kitty litter to absorb the oil and soap for easy disposal. The latter method is usually preferable for larger stains to avoid contaminating the lawn or street. Older stains may require the use of a pressure washer to get them out completely.
Ice and Snow Removal
Proper removal of ice and snow from concrete surfaces should be done as quickly as possible. The freezing and thawing process can cause cracking in concrete. Avoid the use of de-icing chemicals, these chemicals can penetrate the concrete surface and cause damage underneath. While rock salt may not harm a driveway directly, it can harm vegetation and corrode metal. The best way to add traction to an icy driveway is through the use of kitty litter or sand. Resealing the driveway in the fall, will prolong the life span and protect concrete surfaces from the harmful effects of a snowy winter.