A concrete driveway can be a great addition to your home, adding kerb appeal and giving you plenty of space to park. One of the main advantages of concrete driveways is that they are so low maintenance, and most of the time you don’t have to think about them. When compared to other types of driveway, they are easy look after, so adding stencilled concrete in Melbourne can be a great choice for your home. However, it’s important to know how to look after your driveway to keep it looking its best. Here are a few things you can do to keep concrete lasting for longer.
You can avoid permanent stains
While concrete is difficult to stain, there are a few things that can spoil its appearance such as:
- Petrol leaks
- Tyre marks
Luckily, most stains can often be hosed off if they haven’t settled, and pressure washers work well on concrete. If this doesn’t do the job, then use a mild detergent and give the stain a good scrub with a brush before rinsing.
You can protect your driveway from extreme weather
Concrete sealers can protect your driveway during extreme weather, so it’s a good idea to do this every year. After giving your driveway a good clean, add the sealer according to instructions. This is a quick process but offers extra protection from your driveway. A sealer can help protect your driveway from the natural radiation from the sun, so is essential for properties in Australia.
While Melbourne doesn’t have a great deal of icy weather, it’s important not to use de-icing chemicals on your concrete driveway. This can damage or stain the materials. Salt can also be abrasive. If you are concerned about lack of traction, then use sand as a harmless alternative.
Your driveway can last longer
Concrete is one of the longest lasting materials for driveways, and if looked after properly can last 25 to 30 years. When you’ve made an investment in your home, you want it to last, which is why regular maintenance is so important.
You can avoid damage
Most driveways for residential properties are incredibly strong and hardwearing, but many aren’t designed for heavy vehicles. If you are moving, or having something large delivered, then you may want to avoid having heavy goods vehicles parking on your drive.
Some homeowners also damage their driveway by using sharp implements such as shovels. If you create a crack, it’s important to get it repaired quickly to avoid further damage. Over time, cracks can appear naturally as the concrete moves, and again, it’s worth repairing the damage rather than leaving it, so you can get the most out of your investment.
While driveways don’t require much maintenance, there are things you can do to protect them, and keep them looking new for longer.
For domestic and commercial driveways, call Concept Concrete in Melbourne on 1300 366 343 for a quote or more information.