14th March 2018 admin

Maintaining your Driveway

It’s important to make sure that your imprint concrete driveway looks perfect all of the time and at Central Paving, we can help you make sure that it does. As we’re experts in driveway installations, this means that our team of specialists have both the knowledge and experience required to know how to care for and maintain your drive.

Maintenance for your imprint concrete driveway

At Central Paving, our specialist paving contractors have put together a range of useful information as well as helpful tips on showing your how to sustain your concrete imprint driveway…

Will the weather affect my concrete imprint drive?

During your driveway installation, our team will make sure that we work inline with the predicted weather conditions to make sure that this doesn’t effect your new driveway. We’ll also make sure that we accommodate the bad weather as much as possible, so if the weather takes a turn for the worst, we’ll stop the installed process and continue when the weather has cleared up. Our experience means that our team of professional driveway installers can deal with the majority of conditions, however severe rain and cold temperatures could interrupt the installation.

Maintaining your concrete drive will also depend on the weather conditions and how they may affect the driveway, should the drive be open to effects of bad weather, such as rain and snow, you’ll have to provide a number of driveway maintenance guidelines, this will include cleaning and applying the seal.

Concrete driveway installation

Cleaning and reapplying driveway sealer

Cleaning your concrete driveway and ensuring it’s sealed is usually the best way to maintain your driveway and make sure that it always looks its best. How often you clean and reseal this depends on the weather and the amount of vehicle traffic that is received. You should only reseal a concrete driveway every two years and you will be able to tell when the finish has started to show wear and requires a reseal. Concrete sealant and sealers are available from concrete material suppliers and hardware stores. At Central Paving our driveway contractors can recommend the right products for you and your driveway.

Removing stains

Concrete sealers are to help protect from stain absorption but if your driveway is exposed to oil, gasoline, grease or any other potential spillages, you should make sure that you still clean these substances away. If this discolours your driveway, then pressure washing and certain cleaning solutions can usually remove the majority of stains.

Don’t use deicing chemicals

Decicers are a popular products in winter, but when using them it’s important to take care when using them as they can cause surface damage, this tends to be from scaling and spalling, forcing the thawing and refreezing of the moisture. Products which include ammonium nitrates and sulphates can be harmful because they will attack the concrete chemically. Rock salt or calcium chloride do less damage but can harm vegetation, like plants you may have on your driveway, as well as corroding metal.

Treat with care

Although concrete is one of the most durable paving materials when it comes to driveway construction, the typical residential driveways isn’t really designed to support heavy materials like vans and construction equipment, so it’s important to consider this. As well as taking care when ploughing or shovelling your driveway, try and avoid the use of metal blades as they may scrape or scratch the surface.

For more information, speak to our team!

Should you have any further questions or require any advice regarding maintaining your driveway, feel free to ask our team today. Our specialists have a wealth of knowledge and are more than happy to assist.