Many homeowners and businessowners come to Artistic Concrete Designs for concrete driveway installations because concrete is more affordable, durable, and long-lasting than the alternatives. A concrete driveway can last for decades and even half a century if properly maintained. Factors such as pressure, the elements, and chemical spills can damage your driveway and make it look beaten long before it should. However, there steps you can take to make sure those factors do not overwhelm your concrete driveway. Here are some ways we recommend you maintain your concrete driveway in order to keep your driveway looking fresh.
Keep Your Driveway Clean
Avoid changing your oil on your concrete driveway to prevent the possibility of oil spills on it. If you notice spills or dirt, be sure to clean it as soon as possible as concrete can stain if you let substances sit on its surface for too long. Though stains might seem like a strictly aesthetic issue, they can affect the functionality of your concrete driveway as well – which brings us to the second suggestion.
Antifreeze, motor oil, deicing fluid, and even salt can break down and damage your concrete over time. Avoid working on messy car projects on your driveway or at the very least be careful of spillages and clean up quickly. Instead of using salt to melt ice in the wintertime, consider putting down sand instead.
Seal Your Driveway
The Grand Canyon is a prime example of the power of water. Water will seep through cracks and pores, expanding and contracting to gradually break your driveway. Sealing your concrete will keep water out and protect your driveway from the elements and chemicals. Artistic Concrete Designs has a variety of concrete seals and coatings to provide your concrete driveway with an extra layer of durability. Remember to re-seal your concrete driveway every two years or so to maintain its effectiveness.
Treat Damage Right Away
Just as you should clean up spills right away, you should repair cracks as soon as you notice them. Cracks are weak links in your concrete that allow weeds to take root and water to seep through, causing more damage in the long run. Minor cracks can be patched using DIY kits, but, for more substantial damage, you should hire a professional like the experts at Artistic Concrete Designs.
Though concrete is a sturdy material, there is no point in testing its limits. Be careful with your concrete driveway because there is only so much wear and tear that it can take. Avoid parking extremely heavy trucks or dropping heavy equipment on your driveway. The edges of the concrete driveway are the most fragile, so try to keep your vehicles closer to the middle of the driveway to preserve its lifespan.
Reach Out to The Professionals
Do you have any specific questions or concerns? Contact the professionals at Artistic Concrete Designs to speak with a friendly representative. You are also welcome to visit our location in person. We look forward to helping you resolve your issue.