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4 Driveway Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

A concrete driveway can last between 25 and 50 years. But your driveway will be much more likely to reach that 50-year mark if you make proper driveway maintenance a priority.

You might not have given much thought to your driveway and its upkeep. For the most part, you will likely park on it and forget. But it’s important to take care of it to help keep it in good condition for as long as possible.

If you don’t know how to take care of your driveway, that’s ok! In this post, we’ll go over 4 driveway maintenance tips to help you out.

Keep reading to learn more.

1. Seal Your Driveway

Concrete is porous, so it’s easy for water to get into it and get trapped in the pores. When this water repeatedly freezes and thaws, the resulting expansion and contraction can cause cracking and other damage to the concrete.

A sealant should be used to help keep water out and protect your driveway from this happening. Your driveway should’ve originally been sealed after it was first put in and finished curing. You should reseal it as recommended by the manufacturer, usually every few years.

2. Clean Your Driveway Regularly

Over time, your driveway can collect a lot of dirt, sticks, branches, weeds, and chemical runoff. To keep it in good condition and looking its best, you should be cleaning this off regularly. Keeping your driveway clear of all of this debris will help to avoid hard-to-remove stains as well as long-lasting damage.

Consider giving your driveway a pressure wash to make sure it’s fully clean. If you don’t have the time or equipment to do this, then you can find a professional company and hire them to do it for you.

3. Avoid Oil Stains

Oil in particular can be a problem for driveways. Oil stains can sink deep into your driveway, leaving it discolored with stains that are difficult to get rid of. Your first step should be to take good care of your vehicle to avoid as many leaks as possible.

If you do notice a leak and it’s still wet, cover it with sawdust, kitty litter, or something similar to soak it up immediately. Leave that for about a day and then clean it up. If there are discolored spots left behind, you can try and clean them up by using a biodegradable, grease-cutting detergent and a pressure washer.

4. Careful Snow Removal

If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter, you need to be careful when removing it from your driveway. Many people use de-icing salts to help melt the snow and provide traction, but these can damage your driveway over time. Instead, you can use sand or kitty litter to help with traction.

Additionally, if you use a snow blower or plow, be careful not to scrape the surface of your driveway. 

Follow These Driveway Maintenance Tips

Don’t put off taking care of your driveway any longer. Follow these driveway maintenance tips to keep your driveway in good condition for as long as possible.

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