Wallingford Center, Connecticut
39 Toelles Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 269-8265

Do's & Don'ts for Maintaining Your Concrete Driveway November 14, 2018

Wallingford Center, New Haven County
Do's & Don'ts for Maintaining Your Concrete Driveway, Wallingford Center, Connecticut

Although concrete is an incredibly strong, durable product, it needs a little tender loving care to stay in top condition. Here are a few important do’s and don’ts for looking after your concrete driveway and avoiding unsightly cracks and potholes. 

Do: 

Get your driveway sealed. 

Like other manmade stone products, concrete is naturally porous, which can allow moisture, pigments, and oils to penetrate the surface. Over time, moisture can seep into the concrete slab, where it can freeze, expand, and break apart the material.

To keep this from happening, have your driveway sealed every 3 to 10 years. If you live in an area that receives large amounts of rain and snow, having your driveway sealed every few years may be necessary to prevent damage. 

Remove stains immediately. 

While sealed driveways are less likely to stain, it’s important to clean up stains immediately to prevent damage. If you have a vehicle that drips oil, keep cardboard or plastic sheeting underneath the car to prevent stains. Additionally, keep pet litter on hand to clean up stains, as it can absorb moisture and make liquids easy to sweep up. 

Don’t: 

Use ice melt. 

concreteAlthough it might seem like a good idea to use ice melt on driveways, the forced melting process can perpetuate cement damage. Never use ice melt or road salt on concrete driveways. Instead, use physical snow removal methods such as shoveling or sweeping. 

Let heavy vehicles drive over your driveway. 

Most residential driveways are rated to handle the weight of just one or two cars, so don’t let large tractors, trucks, or machinery travel on your property. Under that load, your driveway could crack and break. 

 

Remember, if your driveway gets damaged, you can always order a fresh batch of concrete to patch things up. The L. Suzio York Hill Companies has been supplying contractors throughout south-central Connecticut with a variety of aggregates and concrete products since the 1930s. To learn more about their business, visit their website or call (203) 237-8421.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from The L. Suzio York Hill Companies
4 Reasons to Install a Concrete Patio Over a Deck, Wallingford Center, Connecticut
Extending your home doesn’t have to require a costly addition. Both concrete patios and decks provide outdoor extensions for relaxing and entertaining; however, one is arguably the b...read more
3 Upkeep Tips for Crushed Stone Driveways, Wallingford Center, Connecticut
If you are thinking about replacing your driveway, add crushed stone to the list of possibilities. The small rocks add texture to the landscape and boost curb appeal. Altho...read more
3 Ways Summer Heat Affects Asphalt, Wallingford Center, Connecticut
When the summer rolls in, the heat can have a large impact on projects involving asphalt. The material, while durable, can be affected by scorching temperatures. This is wh...read more
Your Guide to Different Residential Driveway Materials, Wallingford Center, Connecticut
When it comes to driveway construction, one key factor to consider is what material to use. Among the most popular are crushed stone, concrete, and asphalt. Because each has its...read more
3 Impressive Reasons to Use Concrete for Your Commercial Building, Wallingford Center, Connecticut
When it comes to building a commercial facility, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind. For example, how can you tell which material will best suit your needs? Concr...read more