The fact that they are used in millions of properties around the world gives you an idea of the quality of concrete driveways. Their durability, practicality and low-maintenance nature makes them incredibly popular, but like all surfaces, they also need to be looked after to ensure they look their best for as long as possible. Here, we will run through some of the must-follow tips to help keep your concrete driveway in the best possible condition.
Keep it clean
It is relatively simple to keep your driveway clean, and a clean driveway looks infinitely more attractive than a messy one. Giving the driveway a once-over with a power washer can remove bits of dirt and debris, as well as stains from things like oil or grease. With the latter especially, it is important that they are removed as quickly as possible.
When your drive was installed, a specialist sealant should have been applied, once the concrete had set. Over time, this seal will start to wear away and will need replacing. Ideally, replacing the seal every few years will ensure that it can resist harsh climates and weather, as well as the general wear that comes with regular usage.
While concrete driveways are renowned for their durability and toughness, they can still be susceptible to damage and wear if they are misused. That is to say, for example, if you own a heavy goods vehicle or a large van and you park the vehicle on the drive, your driveway may not be designed to support such weight. Try and park heavier vehicles on the pavement or the road where possible to avoid damaging the driveway.
Usage of sharp tools for shovelling snow in winter is also a danger, as the scratches they leave can allow water to seep into the surface and damage the structural integrity of the driveway.
Replace when necessary
It’s not something that you will have to do regularly, but there may come a time where you need to replace your driveway altogether. Any damage beyond aesthetic damage to the surface can be very difficult to repair, which means the best course of action is to replace the driveway entirely, and that should be done by a professional surfacing company, like the team at UK Surfacings Ltd.
By taking good, regular care of your concrete driveway, you can help maintain its pristine condition, which keeps it safe and complements the appearance of your property as a whole.
UK Surfacings Ltd are proud to be a leading provider of surfacing solutions for customers throughout the UK. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.