As temperatures heat up, homeowners begin to spend more time outdoors. As a result, your concrete driveway may see more wear and tear throughout the summer months compared to other times of the year. To ensure your paving stays in excellent shape throughout the season, here are a few steps you can take.
How to Care for Your Concrete Driveway in the Summer
1. Repair Any Cracks
Over the years, cracks can form in your driveway. Leaving them unaddressed can allow them to spread or invite water to seep in, which can compromise your driveway’s structure and cause potholes.
Cracks also invite weed growth. If there are cracks through a significant portion of the driveway, it may make more sense to work with professionals to replace it so that you get the most out of your investment.
2. Keep Sharp Objects Away
From gardening shovels to lawnmower blades, you’re likely using more lawn maintenance equipment throughout the summer. Concrete is durable, but you should still avoid dragging any sharp objects across it. In doing so, you’ll help protect against surface scratches and small cracks.
3. Perform a Deep Clean
After winter and spring storms have passed, your driveway may have dirt and other debris caked onto its surface. Perform a thorough cleaning by brushing away any surface dirt while it’s dry. Then, power wash the concrete to fully eliminate any traces of grime.
4. Consider Shade Options
If you have a dark concrete driveway, it’s likely to absorb even more heat than lighter concrete would. In these cases, strategically creating some shade could help extend the surface’s lifespan by blocking out UV rays. Consider having trees planted to shade your driveway, or look into purchasing a shade sail to keep your concrete covered through the summer months.
When you need paving services to repair or replace your driveway, contact Beausoleil & Sons Construction Inc. in Providence County, RI. This family-owned company has served the community for more than 50 years and specializes in quality residential driveway and lot installation and commercial paving. See their full list of available services on their website or call (401) 632-0203 to request an estimate.