Rainy Lake, Minnesota
3181 US-53
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 285-3635

How to Protect Your Concrete Driveway June 17, 2020

Rainy Lake, Koochiching
How to Protect Your Concrete Driveway , Rainy Lake, Minnesota

If your home features a concrete driveway, you want to keep it looking attractive and extend its life. When properly installed and cared for, your driveway might last for decades. Paying attention to these tips should help to maintain a beautiful path to your home well into the future.

Do:

Apply a sealant.

One way to avoid hard-to-remove stains and protect your driveway is to apply a sealant every two to five years. Coating the driveway’s surface with a top-quality sealer limits discoloration and decay. To get started with this do-it-yourself project, purchase a silicone-based sealant from your local hardware store.

Remove oil stains and spills quickly.

If liquids, such as motor oil and transmission fluid, leak from your vehicle onto the driveway, remove them quickly to avoid unsightly stains. If stains do occur, scrub the spots with WD-40® or with a mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1 cup ammonia, then rinse with your garden hose on high pressure. Spray-on oven cleaners or pressure washing also remove oil and transmission fluid stains well.

Don’t:

Use corrosive materials for de-icing.

concreteCorrosive substances, including ammonium sulfates, ammonium nitrates, and rock salt, are enemies of concrete because they break down the materials that compose the driveway. To help melt ice and snow and prevent slipping, use substitute materials such as kitty litter or sand.

Park heavy trucks or plow with metal blades.

Concrete residential driveways are durable, but they aren’t designed as parking pads for heavy commercial trucks, moving vans, or large vehicles that use snowplow blades. As well, be cautious about shoveling with metal blades, especially with driveways less than a year old, as they might damage the surface.  

 

Whether you want to install a concrete driveway or maintain one, get help from the professionals at Up North Builders, Inc. Based in International Falls, MN, this general contractor has a 30-year record of providing quality construction services for residential and commercial clients. They offer sound advice and dedicated service with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. For more information about their custom home and remodeling services, call (218) 285-3635 or visit their website.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Up North Builders, Inc.
What Should You Consider Prior to Adding a Second Floor?, Rainy Lake, Minnesota
Ramblers are fantastic for homeowners that love first-floor living, but when you need more room, a home addition could create a whole second story for you to enjoy. However, before y...read more
3 Reasons to Install a Patio, Rainy Lake, Minnesota
Many homeowners want some way to enjoy the outdoors while being able to relax or entertain their friends and family. Installing a patio is a popular way to enhance a home. Typically ...read more
Should You Add a Basement When Building a Home?, Rainy Lake, Minnesota
If you’re getting ready to build your custom home, you may be wondering if you should add a basement or not. While a basement can provide several benefits, it requires extensive plan...read more
Common Questions About Concrete Flatwork, Rainy Lake, Minnesota
A common and frequently sought after renovation, flatwork refers to any concrete project where the material is poured horizontally. When installed correctly, the cured concrete is&nb...read more