So, you finally got that new driveway you’ve been in desperate need of for years. But it’s not like the new, lush carpet that you can vacuum when it gets a little questionable or your shiny, wood floor that you can mop after the kids trail mud through the house. As you stand there admiring your smooth, flawless driveway, you may be at a loss for what to do in order to protect your newest investment. However, the reason concrete driveways are so popular is because they need very little care and maintenance.
- DON’T TOUCH: First things first – if your driveway was just installed, keep all neighbors, pets and children away! It should not be walked on within the first 24 hours. It will take 7-10 days before the driveway has cured enough for your car to be driven over it without causing any damage. Be sure to check with the installers for a more specific time frame.
- KEEP A CLEAR PERIMETER: Something you’ll want to keep in mind, especially if your driveway is part of a larger landscape redesign project, is not to plant any trees, bushes or other plants too close by. Roots can raise and crack the concrete causing it to break off and crumble. Weeds, however, are a different story. They can’t be stopped and they will be the bane of your innocent driveway’s existence, but you can easily treat them with herbicides and a quick afternoon of weeding because, after all, concrete driveways are low maintenance
, not magic.
- CLEAN AS NEEDED: Try not to change your oil on the driveway or do any work with products that can stain the surface. If it does happen, clean the stains quickly with soap and water or any commercial product meant specifically for cleaning concrete.
- NO SALT: When the winter months come along, it’s actually best to avoid deicing products. These can eat away at the driveway’s surface causing scaling and crumbling. Sand or ice melt products that don’t contain sodium chloride are better options.
- REPAIR CRACKS: If you see any cracks, repair them as soon as possible. I know it may look like a tiny, insignificant problem, but when do tiny, insignificant problems ever stay that way? If you don’t fix it right away, the freezing and thawing of ice and snow will make it grow and grow until you have a very big problem snaking through your driveway in every direction.
- SEAL: Lastly, if you really want to give your driveway that added level of protection, using a concrete sealant is always an option. It is recommended that you wait 8-12 months after the driveway is installed to seal for the first time and you can reseal every 3-5 years thereafter.
If you find yourself staring out the window at your driveway, full of cracks and holes and covered in stains, you may be thinking, “This thing is way beyond repair.” Well, that’s okay too. Moscarino offers a number of concrete installation services: driveways, sidewalks, walkways, aprons, and basement/garage floors. So, if you find yourself in need of a new concrete surface somewhere in or outside of your home, give us a call at 440-236-9000 to get started!