Whether you're updating your existing property or are building a brand-new home, you'll have to consider what type of material you'd like to use for your driveway. While you'll have several options to choose between, concrete may turn out to be the right fit for your family. After installing your new concrete driveway, be sure to seal it properly to keep it looking and performing its best for many years.
While asphalt, brick, stone and gravel driveways each have their own appeal, concrete tends to be longer-lasting than asphalt, less expensive than brick or natural stone, and more convenient than gravel. While it's not the cheapest driveway option, it will give your family and guests a stable surface to walk on, unlike gravel. When properly sealed, the concrete will also repel water instead of allowing it to pool on the surface, which can be dangerous in freezing temperatures.
When it comes to aesthetics and curbside appeal, polished and sealed concrete far outweighs its rough counterpart. If you'd like to make the concrete driveway even more attractive, you can have it enhanced with decorative stamping prior to sealing it.
Since sealed concrete isn't very porous, it isn't prone to water damage or mold and mildew issues. It's also resistant to unsightly staining from oil, gas and other types of debris. Although concrete is highly durable, it still requires regular TLC. Here are some tips for maintaining a sealed concrete driveway:
1. Remove Spills Immediately
While oil, dirt and grease marks are common on driveways, try to keep the concrete as clean as possible to avoid permanent staining. As soon as you see a spill, such as gasoline or coolant, rinse it away with your hose. The sealant will help the concrete resist stains, but some dark liquids can permeate it if they're allowed to sit for too long. You may need to sprinkle an absorbent product, such as diatomaceous earth, over hard-to-remove spills. Allow it to absorb for at least an hour before rinsing it off.
2. Deep Clean Occasionally
Over time, your concrete driveway will be in need of a deep cleaning due to normal wear and tear. After rinsing away any loose debris, use an outdoor mop and a water and mild, phosphate-free dish soap mixture to work out any stains. If this doesn't work, you can rent a pressure washer to try to lift the marks out. Use the pressure washer on a "low" or "medium" setting to avoid harming the sealant.
Use only biodegradable products when cleaning your driveway, as they will run off into your yard and get into the groundwater system. Avoid toxic products such as bleach and ammonia.
For more information, contact concrete driveway sealing services in your area.