A concrete driveway has a lifespan of about thirty years. But, many variables affect how long your driveway will last, which include the weather conditions it’s exposed to, the original concrete mix used to create the driveway, the proper maintenance measures you perform, and even the weather conditions at other times of the year.
Your driveway will get a lot of wear from all kinds of things like heavy rain, high winds, snow, hail, and sun. If you want your concrete driveway to last for a long time without needing to be replaced, there are some things you can do to preserve its value and keep it looking like new.
Seal your Concrete Driveway – Simple enough, if you put a sealant on your concrete driveway before it gets too hot or dry, it will help it resist water damage, stains, oil, and corrosion. Unfortunately, not all concrete surfaces are suitable for sealants. In your driveway, it’s important to minimize potholes. If you have a larger pothole, you can fill it with a mixture of cement and water to fill it and stop it from swelling again. The problem with filling a deep pothole is that the ground can shift and move around in the center of it, causing further damage if the pothole remains.
Change the Design of Concrete Driveways – When you have a small pothole, you can fill it with water or some other substance, such as asphalt, to fill it and repair it. But, larger potholes can’t be filled with any substance, so they need to be removed. You’ll find that many DIY stores sell gravel base grout that is designed to fill larger holes, but it doesn’t damage a stone or brick foundation. Most importantly, you should never mix your own gravel base with concrete driveways. It will damage your home.
Repair Cracks After Potholes – Many times, when a crack becomes bigger, it’s tempting to simply repair the crack, without thinking about how it’s going to impact your Concrete Driveway. This can cause additional damage to your Concrete Driveway. Typically, larger cracks should be repaired by a professional contractor.
Decks and patios are popular features, but there are other design options that are available for Concrete Driveways. If you’re looking for an interesting design option, you might want to look into stained concrete. Stained concrete provides an excellent design option for Concrete Driveways because it allows you to customize the color to match your home or to match other decorative options. Another option available for Concrete Driveways is stamped concrete, which creates a unique look that is custom-designed for your home.
Stamped concrete driveway options are a popular way to add curb appeal to a concrete driveway. However, they require regular maintenance and need to be stripped clear of snow and ice before installation. Once installed, snow and ice will continue to diminish the value of your Concrete Driveway. The upkeep involved in maintaining your Concrete Driveway also makes stamped concrete a poor choice for driveways. There are many other design options available for Concrete Driveways that don’t require regular maintenance.
Other finishing techniques include wet stamping and water jetting, both of which will create a unique look for your Concrete Driveway that will only look better with age. Wet stamping involves spraying a colored stain directly onto the concrete surface. Water jetting is similar but instead of a colored stain being sprayed directly onto the concrete surface, a water jetting machine is used. These finishing techniques will both dramatically change the appearance of your Concrete Driveway, but will also require routine maintenance to keep them looking great.
It is important to understand that regardless of which finishing technique you choose, one of the most important aspects of a Concrete Driveway is the texture of the surface. When you combine stamped concrete with an aggregate based on the resulting product will have a textured surface.
The textured surface will allow water to more easily bead on the Concrete Driveway, which will decrease the amount of water that is absorbed by the concrete. Once the surface has been stained, it should be polished to prevent the staining from peeling. If the Concrete Driveway in your yard has not had any previous sealing or finishing, it will be necessary to apply a custom concrete sealer to help protect the newly stained concrete from moisture and color fading.