Your concrete does a lot. Your driveway endures vehicles, foot traffic, sun, snow, shoveling, kids toys, and more. Here are some tips on how to keep your driveway and outdoor concrete in good shape.
The first way you can keep your concrete in good condition is to keep it clean. Keeping your driveway clean and sealed will help it look like new and sealing will help prevent cracks. Cracks can occur when moisture gets into the concrete and freezes. A general rule is to reseal your driveway every two years or so, but this could be required more frequently if your concrete is exposed to harsher weather conditions or frequent vehicle traffic.
Another helpful tip is to remove stains as soon as possible. While a good concrete sealer will help prevent most stains, it is recommended to remove substances as soon as possible. If you do notice a stain on the concrete there are cleaners and pressure washers that can help remove them.
There are also some helpful precautions you can take to prevent damage to your concrete. Ice and snow solvents can wreak havoc on concrete. If you want to take the ultimate care of your driveway you should remove snow with a snow blower, and then sprinkle sand, coffee grounds, or kitty litter to provide traction. If you do decide to use snow and ice melts avoid using products that contain ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates. These products will attack the concrete and cause damage. Instead, opt for snow and ice melts that use sodium chloride or calcium chloride. These will do less damage to the concrete, but avoid putting them on metal or grass.
Trees near the driveway can cause cracks with their root systems, so have the roots trimmed or the trees removed. Try not to park vehicles near the edges of the driveway which are prone to cracking, and seal all cracks with a concrete crack repair epoxy as soon as you notice them.
No matter how much care you take of your drive way, cracks and chips will eventually happen. The good news is, there are plenty of qualified companies, products, and procedures available to help you remedy the situation. To get advice on whether a self-leveling sealant or a concrete crack repair epoxy would work better for your driveway you should consult with a local concrete company, or the product’s manufacturer. Hopefully, if you take good care of your concrete the cracks will be few, small, and easy to fix.