Concrete is one of the most popular materials to construct driveways, largely because the material is so durable. Concrete puts up stiff resistance to the elements, corrosion and stains, but if you want it to remain pristine for as long as possible, due maintenance is still a requirement. Concrete is stronger than asphalt, making it more suitable for driveways that are used as residential car parking spots. Nevertheless, concrete can crack and spall due to wear and tear over time.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to delay the wearing process and keep your concrete driveway looking immaculate. Regular cleaning won’t do any harm, but the steps detailed below will add years to your driveway’s lifespan.
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If you have a damaged driveway and require repairs – or if you want to discuss maintenance tips with an experienced professional – don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Apply a high-quality sealcoat
Perhaps the most effective way to prolong the life of your domestic driveway is to apply a sealcoat. Sealcoats protect concrete drives from water penetration, an issue that can eventually lead to cracks, potholes, algae growth and more. Ideally, you ought to apply a sealcoat to your driveway within the first few months of its installation. Then, you should reapply a high-quality sealcoat to your drive every two years. It’s a small investment that could save you a hefty sum in repairs in the long run.
- Don’t use chemical treatments
In Australia, freezing temperatures are rare. However, frost can settle on road and drive surfaces in many parts of the nation, largely due to radiation. You might be tempted to use a chemical product, such as a de-icer, to remove any frost from your driveway to make it safer to use. Unfortunately, chemical cleaners and solutions, which include de-icers, can accelerate the process of wear and tear on your concrete driveway. If you need to make your driveway safer to use if frost is present, use sand or even cat litter to make the surface extra grippy.
- Catch and repair problems early
Needless to say, the earlier you notice and fix a problem, the cheaper the repairs will be, yet many people ignore seemingly minor issues when they’re trying to save money. Minor cracks can be filled with an epoxy injection, which is an inexpensive way to prevent such cracks from widening. Instead of waiting around for minor problems to exacerbate, call our experts for repairs right away. We might just save you a small fortune in the long run.
Contact CONCEPT CONCRETE for All Domestic Driveway Requirements
The best way to make sure your drive survives as long as possible without requiring repairs is to make sure it’s installed correctly in the first place. If you need a new driveway, you can trust us for a flawless installation, and we’ll provide maintenance tips once the job is completed. If you have any questions or need more advice, don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 366 343.