More likely than not, some area of your home is made out of concrete. Whether it’s a concrete driveway or a concrete patio, all types of concrete need to be properly maintained to prevent damage and repairs later on. Just taking a few extra steps in caring for your concrete can go a long way, extending the life of your driveway or patio by years. Read on to learn more:
Clean your concrete
Most concrete is used for outdoor applications. As such, it can get incredibly dirty over time. Dirt, grim, rust, and other stains are hard to remove once they’ve been there for too long. So, at least once per year, take a pressure washer and clean the surface of your concrete driveway or patio. If you’ve accidentally spilled oil or another type of contaminant onto your concrete, clean it up immediately to prevent any stains.
And seal it
Concrete sealers are a must if you want to prevent your concrete surface from getting stained or damaged. Not only will sealers keep your concrete looking new and fresh, but they will also protect it from various forms of surface damage. There are various types of concrete sealers on the market, so choose the one that is best suited to your specific application.
Be careful with chemicals
Concrete is not impervious. Many different types of chemicals can cause it harm, staining or breaking the surface entirely. Deicers, for instance, can eat away at sealers, while fertilizers can stain the surface of your concrete.
To learn more about how to maintain your concrete, or to repair any damaged concrete you may have on your property, contact Ivy Lea Construction today!