I am sure that one of the reasons why you invested in a concrete driveway at your home is that you expected it would require very low maintenance and upkeep. Although there is some truth in it as a concrete driveway does need less maintenance compared to an asphalt drive but it does require a certain level of maintenance.
You may use concreting tools or hire a professional to maintain your concrete driveway by following the useful tips that have been mentioned below. You do not have to worry so much since maintenance costs are usually low.
1. Clean your driveway regularly
How often you may have to clean your driveway will vary upon the number of traffic it receives apart from the number of pollutants present in the air. You may hire a professional concrete cleaning company to power wash your drive but simply washing it by using a home pressure washer every couple of months will also do the job. You do not need to overdo anything to maintain the drive but cleaning it occasionally will work as the number of pollutants in the air will affect the surface which needs to be cleaned every couple of months.
2. Reseal when necessary
Concrete sealers are available in the market which will help you to protect and preserve the surface of your driveway by preventing water from getting into the porous surface and help to delay the process of weathering. Although it will prevent it for some time you may have to repeat the process occasionally since the traffic and time will eventually wear it down. One way to prevent the effect of weathering is by repeating the resealing process every three to five years but you may have to do it earlier if your driveway receives a high amount of traffic.
3. Keep spills off the surface
You should make a habit of not getting any spills on the surface of the driveway. The main reason is that it will seep through the surface and create gaps within the surface which will make it easier for the surface to suffer through cracks. You should never change the oil in your car on the driveway since spilled oil may create an ugly stain. If you accidentally cause the oil to spill, immediately clean most of it by using an absorbent material such as kitty litter, sawdust or cornmeal. After you are done with this process, remove any remaining residual marks by scrubbing with soap and water or ask for a professional concrete cleaner to do the job for you.
4. Avoid salt and other chemicals
Chemicals such as glycol and salt harm any grass and gardens which will likely be growing near your driveway but it will also have a severe effect on your driveway. It will likely start eating its way through the concrete which will deteriorate the driveway and very soon you will start to see cracks appearing on the surface due to the uneven layers. Instead of using salt, consider using sand on icy patches which appear in winter so that you can simply sweep it up during the spring season. Implementing this tip will save you from spending a lot of time refurbishing your driveway from scratch.
5. Maintain a safe distance between sharp objects and your driveway
You should be wise enough to know by now that any sharp object will damage the surface of your driveway if it comes in contact with it. Make sure that your shovels with sharp edges or your metal ice clippers do not come in contact with the surface since they will likely damage it. You should consider using plastic snow shovels since they will not damage your driveway when they come in contact with the surface and are much safer for use. However, if you are also using a snowblower, remember to raise the blades high enough so that they do not scrape the surface.
6. Repair any small crack when you see it
It is common to see small cracks on a driveway. They usually occur due to natural settling or shifting of the ground. However if you leave them unattended they will likely increase in size due to the annual meeting and freezing cycle and once they become enlarge, weeds will likely take roots within them. You may have to resurface your entire driveway in a few years if you leave them to do their business which may cost you some money. You can avoid such a scenario by simply patching such cracks on time and they can be easily done since concrete patching products are available at stores near your vicinity.
In short, although concrete driveways do not require high maintenance once they are completed but require attention from time to time. If you can maintain it when the deterioration starts you will likely not face tough situations and will only have to spend small amounts of your money to repair the damages that would have likely occurred.
However, many people simply forget that you have to incur a little maintenance cost with the result that people neglect their driveway and have to get it resurfaced after a few years which is costly to do. You do not have to spend a lot of money to follow such tips but they will likely save you hundreds of dollars which you would have spent on getting your driveway resurfaced.