Concrete driveways are the epitome of style and functionality. Aside from being tough as nails and weather-resistant, they come in a range of looks, textures, and colors, so every homeowner can find their perfect stylistic fit. No wonder that those who have a concrete driveway installed frequently say that it’s their favorite part of their home!
As strong and pretty as your concrete driveway installation may be, just like any renovation, it needs care to keep looking its best. We’ve got a few tips on that below.
Watch What Parks There
While sometimes it’s unavoidable, it’s generally best to avoid heavier vehicles parking on your stamped concrete driveway. We’re not talking about pickups or commuter cars – your decorative concrete was made to handle those!
We’re referring to vehicles that carry huge loads, including but not limited to:
● Moving trucks
● Garbage trucks
● School buses
● Propane trucks
Over time, these large vehicles can put excessive strain on your driveway. So when your gas needs filling, see if your servicemen can park on the street if at all possible.
Keep Up With Sealing
When your concrete driveway was installed by your local concrete company, it probably was sealed. This would have looked somewhat like laying down a paint job with a roller or sprayer.
Sealant keeps your concrete safe from countless threats, including bad weather and oil stains, but it doesn’t last forever. Roughly once every five to seven years a penetrating sealant should be reapplied. Don’t worry, it’s easy! We’ve even written blogs all about it.
Check out How to Reseal Traditional Concrete and How to Reseal Concrete Patios, Walkways, and Stoops.
Be Wary of De-Icers
Products that melt ice don’t keep working forever. Eventually, the liquid they melted will refreeze. When this happens over and over again, it can prove damaging to your stamped concrete driveway. Instead of harsh de-icers, consider products that provide traction instead.
Sand, for example, can give your feet and wheels enough grip while sitting safely on top of the ice and not corroding your concrete driveway. Keeping up with snow shoveling is also important, as it prevents powder from solidifying into something much more slick.
Creative Concrete: Your New Brighton Concrete Pros
From patios to pool decks, we’re well-versed in everything concrete. Taking advantage of this stylistically versatile material, we’ve created a dream yard for many Minnesotan families, and we’d be happy to add yours to the list. Give our New Brighton Office a call today at 612-414-7932.