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Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Concrete Driveway


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If you live in a cold climate, your driveway is a critical part of your home. It’s where you park your car and play ball with the kids—it even keeps out prying eyes when you’re not home. That’s why it’s essential to take care of it during winter months when snow falls and temperatures drop below freezing.

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Maintain Your Driveway

Sweep your driveway at least once a week. This helps to remove dust and other debris that would otherwise make your driveway look dull and dirty. You should also maintain the appearance of your concrete driveway.

Seal Your Driveway

Sealing your concrete driveway is a good idea because it helps to protect the surface against the elements. Sealing will also help you to prevent cracks and stains. Additionally, sealing keeps snow melt

off, so it doesn’t rust out and damage your flooring underneath.

In addition to protecting your concrete from being damaged by the elements and preventing discoloration, sealing will also keep moisture out (to prevent mold growth) and oxygen inside (to prevent oxidation).

Clean It Up.

In order to maintain your driveway in good condition, you will want to clean it up. You can use any of the following tools or methods to clean leaves off of your concrete driveway:

  • A broom. Use this tool for sweeping leaves into piles, which you can then move away from the driveway with other equipment (for instance, a leaf blower).
  • A leaf blower. This tool works well for blowing all kinds of debris off the driveway, including large amounts of debris such as leaves.

Watch Out For Snow Melt.

Snow melt is another common winter de-icer. It’s cheap, effective, and easily accessible—but it can also be harmful to your concrete driveway and plants. While ice melt salt will melt ice quickly, it can cause damage to plants over time by leaching nutrients out of the soil and damaging roots. As an additional negative consequence, salty water may pool on top of your driveway during a storm and cause potholes in the future (if this happens repeatedly).

If you choose to use salt as an ice repellent on your concrete surface, make sure that you don’t use too much or too often. Use a chemical free ice melt instead.

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Following these steps will help you maintain your concrete driveway all winter long. You can even use this information on any other concrete surfaces in your home or business that might need some extra care during the winter months. It’s important to keep an eye on your driveway throughout the year and ensure it’s in good condition. If you notice damage or cracks, call a professional to fix them before the cold hits.

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