What does your driveway say about you? Does it show cleanliness and maybe a sense of charm? Or does it stick out like a sore thumb to your neighbors? Do not make the mistake of overlooking this segment as if it's outside of your home. This path leads straight into your home and gives people a sense of what's inside. Your driveway needs attention year-round so that it gives others the best impression of you. Read on to learn how to keep it properly maintained throughout every season.
During the summer months, your driveway becomes the star of the show as people park for barbeques, the kids play pavement games, and you wash your car on a clear pathway. Though this time requires the least amount of maintenance, still pay attention to the details so it stays in good condition and always looks its best. Watch for oil leaks and spots from cleaning chemicals. The higher temperatures of this season will bake them straight into lasting stains. To prevent this from happening, powerwash your driveway whenever you notice anything on it. Also, keep an eye out for weeds and pull them immediately. These opportunists will grow along the sides and through even the tiniest of cracks. Weeds do not only appear unsightly, making you seem unkempt. They break through seams and damage the concrete when let go.
As the weather begins to cool, check your driveway for any cracks or divets. What appears small now can grow into a big problem as the moisture gets into the openings and expands as the water freezes. The freezing and thawing can also do a number on the sides of pavement drives. Proper edging allows the space it needs as things expand and retract during freezes and melts. With falling leaves and rain, keep your driveway clear during these months. It will look nice and avoid unwanted damage.
Most of your driveway preparation happens during the fall to keep your pavement safe throughout these long, cold months. But, a properly maintained drive will come out in good condition when Spring appears. Do not use harsh chemical deicers containing ammonium compounds. Though these fertilizers effectively keep ice from forming, they also affect the integrity of your driveway. Instead, opt for rock salt or heating pads to keep it clear of slipping hazards. Note that plowing can also damage the concrete on your driveway. Using a snowblower or a plastic-tipped shovel removes snow with the least amount of damage.
As the snow melts away, you can assess the damage of last season. Watch for pooling water which shows areas that lost integrity. Repair these immediately to prevent sinkholes. Applying a seal coat during the spring will give your driveway the best protection.
Maintain Your Driveway
If you put the effort into maintaining your driveway throughout the year, it will save you time and money in the long run. Maintenance always beats out the cost of major repairs. We want to help you make an excellent impression on your neighborhood with a nice concrete driveway. Contact us to set up the job!