While concrete is one of the most durable construction products available for your home, proper care is a requirement for long-lasting beauty. One of the best attributes of decorative concrete is how little maintenance and routine care it will need over its lifetime. But no driveway paving material—including concrete—is truly maintenance-free.
Here are some helpful tips to keeping your concrete work looking great:
Power-wash and Seal your concrete regularly: Cleaning your concrete driveway on occasion and keeping it sealed are the best measures you can take to keep it looking its best. We recommend resealing your concrete annually in high traffic areas. If you wait longer, you may notice the color fade slightly. But just like waxing a car, reseal your stamped concrete and the color will be as vibrant as the day it was installed. If color fades, there are ways to renew it, but keeping it sealed is your best defense. 3D Concrete offers power-washing and sealing services. Call us today for a free estimate.
Remove stains immediately: 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.
Avoid using deicing materials: Using deicers on your concrete driveway in the winter can cause surface damage—primarily scaling and spalling—by forcing the thawing and refreezing of moisture. Products containing ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates are especially harmful because they will actually attack the concrete chemically. Rock salt (sodium chloride) or calcium chloride will do less damage, but they can harm vegetation and corrode metal. Avoid the use of any deicers the first winter after driveway placement, since new concrete is more susceptible to the harmful effects of salt. As an alternative, use sand for traction.