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3 Maintenance Tips For Your Concrete Driveway

by Kyle Carpenter

A driveway plays a valuable role in helping you make your home more accessible. Concrete driveways are durable and easy to navigate, making them popular options for homeowners looking to improve the appearance and function of their homes.

A concrete driveway will become stronger through the years, but it will require ongoing maintenance to ensure that it remains structurally sound. 

1. Keep your concrete driveway clean.

One of the easiest things that you can do to maintain your concrete driveway is to keep the surface of the driveway clean.

Dirt and debris will accumulate on your driveway as people and vehicles utilize the concrete pathway. Over time, these particles can begin to wear down the sealant protecting your concrete surface. Oil, antifreeze, and other vehicle fluids can also seep into the surface of the concrete and leave stains if they are allowed to sit on your driveway for an extended period of time.

A pressure washer can be used to regularly remove any contaminants from the surface of your concrete driveway so that it remains beautiful and functional well into the future.

2. Trim grass near the edges of your driveway.

Another essential component in any successful concrete maintenance program is routine lawn care.

Many driveways are cut through the middle of a patch of grass; this means that there may be grass growing on either side of your driveway. You must take the time to trim the grass regularly to prevent it from growing into your concrete.

It can be beneficial to maintain a barrier between your lawn and your driveway (made from gravel or some other decorative landscape material) so that the root system from your grass doesn't grow beneath the concrete. Roots can cause the concrete to crack, and drainage problems can occur when roots begin gathering moisture from the soil beneath your concrete driveway.

3. Apply a fresh coat of sealant regularly.

Concrete is a porous material; this means that water particles can seep into the concrete itself. If you live in a climate where outdoor temperatures fluctuate, then water molecules can cause the concrete to expand and contract. These expansions and contractions contribute to the formation of cracks in the concrete over time.

A sealant helps to fill in the porous spaces in the concrete so that water will not infiltrate your driveway. Since a sealant can break down over time, you must apply a fresh coat regularly. Your driveway installer will be able to recommend a sealant schedule that will provide maximum protection against cracking.