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Three Things That Can Ruin A New Concrete Drive

by Celina Simpson

A new concrete driveway doesn't just make parking more pleasant, it also can improve your home's appearance. For this reason, you will want to make sure the concrete remains looking like new for as long as possible. The following mistakes can ruin a new concrete drive, so make sure that you know how to avoid them.

#1: Not guarding against stains

Stains are going to be the biggest problem on most driveways. Common culprits are leaking fluids from vehicles, paint and chemical spills, or moss and algae. If you have a vehicle that leaks, place a garage mat on the drive beneath the vehicle to protect the concrete. Paint and chemicals should only be used with a drop cloth. As for moss and algae, trapped moisture is the cause so simple remove piles of leaves or other debris that traps moisture. If a stain does occur, absorb it quickly with kitty litter and then use a driveway cleaner to remove any remaining residue.

#2: Using salt to remove ice

An icy drive can be a hazard, but using the wrong removal method can be even more hazardous – to the concrete. Salt causes concrete to flake, chip, and develop pits. Within a short time even a brand new drive will fall apart due to salt exposure. A better way to prevent ice is to shovel the driveway regularly using a shovel with a protected edge so that it doesn't damage the concrete. You can also use a small amount of sand for traction. If you must melt ice, use a chemical ice melt product instead of rock salt, and sweep it off the driveway as soon as you can.

#3: Skipping sealant treatments

Concrete should be sealed to help protect it against stains and weathering. Generally, sealant is applied several weeks to months after the new drive is installed. The reason why it can't be done immediately is that it can take some time for a driveway to cure fully. Sealant will also need to be reapplied every few years, or when water stops beading up on the concrete. Otherwise it will once again be prone to damage. A properly sealed driveway doesn't just look nicer, it is also less likely to degrade or develop pitting on its surface since it has a layer of protection.

For more help in laying a new drive or keeping yours in good condition, contact a concrete contractor, like one from Haas Construction, in your area.