Concrete driveways are common due to their strength, durability, and little required maintenance. As with any aspect of your property, it’s worth investing some time and effort in maintaining your concrete to maximize its lifespan and keep it looking great. Winter can take its toll on all driving surfaces, which is why spring is the ideal time to care for your driveway.
How to Perform Spring Concrete Driveway Maintenance
1. Check for Cracks
If you had a small crack before wintertime arrived, it’s possible water may have seeped in, frozen, and expanded the fracture, making it visible now. To prevent spring and summer rains from seeping in and doing more damage, be sure to address the cracks as soon as you can. Small cracks can be repaired by homeowners with ready-mix concrete, but more pronounced damage should be addressed by professionals.
Once you’ve addressed any cracks, powerwash your concrete to remove any stains from salt, oil, or other substances which may have accumulated throughout the winter. If you notice any discoloration, use a driveway-safe commercial degreaser and bristled brush to scrub away the stain.
3. Seal the Concrete
In areas with harsh winters, concrete driveways should be resealed annually. This can protect your driveway against any harsh chemicals your tires track on. As a reminder, you should avoid applying ice melting chemicals and similar abrasive products directly on concrete. In addition to preserving your investment, resealing your driveway can also improve its aesthetic, adding a more vibrant finish to its surface.
Whether you’re a contractor who pours concrete regularly or you’re a homeowner seeking to repair cracks in your concrete driveway, make Builder’s Concrete East your one-stop shop for quality concrete mix. Offering a variety of ready-mix concrete products, this trusted supplier proudly serves Windham, CT, and the surrounding areas. Browse through their products by visiting their website or call (860) 456-4111 for more information.