The concrete work in the driveway is the most requested concrete service that we have as home improvement contractor. Both new construction and existing homes have a new job in particular, which makes it our best-selling concrete service. Because concrete is so versatile, durable and easy to maintain, it is a natural choice for residential and commercial entrances. A concrete road indicates a quality construction from the first look at the exterior of your property.
A concrete driveway can be an excellent choice for the exterior of your home. Concrete is a durable substance that can offer years of use without requiring many repairs. Proper maintenance is the key to a concrete driveway that adds function and aesthetic quality to your home. A concrete driveway can be an excellent choice for the exterior of your home. Concrete is a durable substance that can offer years of use without requiring many repairs. Proper maintenance is the key to a concrete driveway that adds function and aesthetic quality to your home.
A new concrete driveway should be sealed after construction to protect the surface. A sealant should be reapplied regularly maybe once a year to keep the protection going strong. Some types of sealants need not be reapplied as often. Check the instructions on the sealant used or talk to a concrete contractor about the best schedule for sealing your driveway. In many cases, a new coat may be applied after the surface is pressure washed. Sealant comes in a clear or tinted solution, depending on the preference of the homeowner.
Driveways are subject to staining from oil and gasoline. Fresh oil stains can often be removed using plain dish soap and a scrubbing brush. Avoid wire brushes, since these can scratch and erode concrete surfaces. Apply a bit of soap and use some elbow grease to pick up the stain. You can rinse the area with your garden hose or apply kitty litter to absorb the oil and soap for easy disposal. The latter method is usually preferable for larger stains to avoid contaminating the lawn or street. Older stains may require the use of a pressure washer to get them out completely.
The use of steel reinforcements will provide additional structural capacity for your driveway and is especially important if the slab is exposed to heavy traffic. Synthetic fibers have also proven beneficial in access roads as a way to reduce shrinkage cracks. However, the fibers do not provide structural reinforcement.
While a sealer will help to protect concrete from stain absorption, it's still a good idea to remove oil, gasoline, grease and other spills as soon as possible. If the concrete does discolor, pressure washing and certain cleaning chemicals will remove most stains..