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How to Maintain Your Concrete

How to Maintain Your Concrete

Maintaining the structure and look of your driveway, hardscaping, and other concrete features is essential to the safety of your family and friends, and preserving the appeal of your home or business.

The investments that you put into your home and property aren’t just about the value of your physical possessions, but also the pride and joy you feel when looking over the landscape. The concrete features of your home are a major part of what makes it unique. Maintaining the structure and look of your driveway, hardscaping, and other concrete features is essential to the safety of your family and friends, and preserving the appeal of your home or business.

Clean

The first maintenance tip in keeping your concrete looking like new is simply cleaning it. Over time, it’s normal that dirt and grime will build up on the surface. Rust, oil, and other stains can also leave lasting marks that dull the appearance of your concrete. Even falling leaves in the fall can sometimes leave unsightly impressions. At least once a year, sweep and wash the surface of your concrete elements. Use specialized concrete cleaner with a powered washer or even a hard brush or push broom.

Repair

Concrete is a very durable material. However, time, weather, and human interaction can all impact the structure and integrity of the concrete elements on your property. You may notice tiny cracks or even small holes developing in certain areas. Immediately addressing those issues keeps them from turning into bigger problems down the road. Professionals have the tools to clean up the problem area and expertly apply concrete fillers or mortar where they are needed.

Seal and Protect

A very important step in concrete maintenance is to seal and protect it. Although concrete is a very low-maintenance material that hardly ever needs intervention, you can help it along by shielding it from the elements. Concrete sealer acts as a barrier between the concrete and its environment. After thoroughly cleaning the surface, apply the sealer to protect it from damaging rain penetration, direct sunlight, abrasion, and even staining.

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