4 Ways To Look After Your Driveway This Winter

4 Ways To Look After Your Driveway This Winter

A lot of people do not realise just how much care they should be putting into their driveway if they want it to retain its quality and appearance, especially through the harsh winter season. In fact, there are many people who don’t even realise that they even need to care for their driveway in the first place, much less take extra care during the winter. With that being said, if you want to make sure that your driveway looks as good as possible for as long as possible, you may want to consider taking the efforts necessary to protect your driveway.

Thankfully, caring for concrete driveways is a fairly straightforward process and it is relatively easy to obtain everything you need to do so. Here are 4 ways to look after your driveway this winter.

· Non-corrosive Materials
For one, you are going to want to make sure that you select materials for your driveway that are not corrosive. Many salts and de-icing materials are designed to be corrosive to remove snow and to prevent ice from forming on the driveway. With concrete driveways, this corrosive material can actually damage the rock itself. Common rock salt is known to deteriorate concrete driveways. If you need to use a de-icer on your driveway, you should consider using calcium chloride or even just sand or cat litter for extra traction.

· Apply A Sealer
By applying sealer to your concrete driveway, it will provide protection from the winter cold, and the compression that causes cracks and breakages. With the various types of sealers on the market, it's best for you to speak to concrete driveway professionals for a specific product recommendation that's suitable for your local conditions and the type of concrete surface.

· Restore any cracks immediately
For concrete driveways, you also need to keep an eye out for hairline cracks. These are thin cracks that commonly appear as concrete driveways age. To restore these cracks, all you will need is a heated, expanding sealant to put inside the cracks.

· Park large vehicles elsewhere
If you want to reduce the chances of your driveway developing a large web of cracks, you will want to find another place in your yard for large, heavy-duty trucks to park. Of course, concrete is easily sturdy enough to handle a few vehicles at a time. But having a large, heavy-duty vehicle (such as a campervan), repeatedly driving on and off the driveway can wear down the concrete quickly. This will lead to a bad appearance, potential cracks, and other similar problems. If you want to keep your driveway beautiful for the winter, you should consider parking large vehicles elsewhere on your yard or street.

If you’re looking to get a sleek concrete driveway installed this winter, get in touch with the friendly and professional team at Simply Driveways. With more than two decades of experience as a concreter in Melbourne, the expert team will find the perfect concrete driveway solution for you.