Concrete is a solid and durable material, but if you do not take care of it properly, it can become damaged. If you do not want to have a large repair bill from a contractor, follow the tips below. Not only will you save money, but you will have a beautiful driveway for a long time.
Keep it Clean
You do not have to constantly keep your driveway clean, as this would be just about impossible. Dirt can build up over time and become thick, however. If this happens, rain will not be able to wash as much of the dirt away. The top layer can start to erode if the dirt continues to build up on it. This is easy to take care of by sweeping it and cleaning off the dirt when you notice it starts building up. To make it easier, you can use a pressure washer with a mild detergent to clean it after you have swept it.
Apply a Sealant
Concrete is porous, which means it absorbs liquids quickly. When the concrete absorbs water in the winter, the water freezes if the temperature is low enough. Once the temperature gets above 32 the water melts, but then when it gets below freezing again, the water refreezes. This freezing and thawing will cause the surface of your concrete to expand, which will cause cracks.
To keep this from happening, apply a sealant to your driveway to prevent it from absorbing water. Ask your concrete contractor how often you should seal your driveway. In many cases, they will tell you that you should do it every 5 years.
Watch for Sinking
Look at your driveway to see if you notice any indentations. If so, then your driveway may be sinking, and it will eventually start cracking. Sinking is often caused by rainwater removing the soil underneath the driveway. If you do not contact a concrete contractor when you notice indentations, it can lead to severe damage. The contractor can prevent any further sinking by using a jack underneath the driveway to pull it up. The contractor will then reinforce the soil underneath it. If the problem is very bad, they may have to remove the entire driveway and put in a new one.
If you have any questions about caring for your concrete driveway, contact a local concrete contractor (such as one from Home Outdoor). They can give you other tips to keep it in good shape.