Concrete Driveway Maintenance Tips

By | May 29, 2014

Is your curb becoming a bit of an eyesore? Perhaps you would consider changing it to an asphalt driveway. This type of driveway enables you to make your garden path seem so much prettier as well as actually adding on some value to your house. According to Chris from Xlasphalt, there are a few really easy ways to keep your driveway looking stunning. Nothing looks worse than a poorly kept driveway. But do not fear home improver, Chris has provided a greatĀ guideĀ to have the best driveway in town.

  • Sealing:

Once you put down your asphalt, it will requiring sealing. If you do not seal the concrete, you will find that its surface degrades rapidly and the quality of the path will decrease. Not only should you apply the sealant after first laying the path down, you should arrange for it to be replaced at least every two years.

  • Cleanliness:

It may seem a little strange but asphalt driveways are prone to staining from a wide variety of substances. This includes oil, gas and general dirt. You may be keen to jump out and scrub your dirty driveway with a good old scrubbing brush. Yes that quite often gets the stain off but it can also totally ruin the quality of your concrete surface if you use a wire brush. Once you have done your scrubbing, take a power hose to it to get rid of any stubborn stains and to rinse off the soap.

  • Ice and Snow:

If it is a winter wonderland, this is bad for your driveway even though it is fun for the kids. Should your asphaltdrivewaybecome covered in snow, you should make it a priority to remove it as soon as possible. The freezing and thawing of ice and snow can actually cause your concrete surface to split and cracks to appear. This totally ruins the path. But we must warn you now, do not attempt to use any de-icing chemicals because these can seep into the concrete and destroy it. What we recommend is for you to use sand instead. If you spread this over the concrete in cold weather and have it re-sealed in the spring, you are guaranteed to have a long lasting path.

  • Weight:

This may seems little strange but make sure that you do not have too much weight on your asphalt driveway. Yes it can hold your car, even one as bulky as an SUV but if you happen to drive anything heavier than that, try and keep it off your path to avoid it cracking under the weight and all of a sudden, the entire thing is ruined.

So all of you proud owners of concrete surfaces, take heed our our advice. Follow it and you will have a cracking asphalt drivewayto enjoy.

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