concrete maintenance

Do You Need Regular Concrete Maintenance?

You already have a long to-do list — should concrete maintenance be a priority?

As a homeowner, you have plenty to take care of, from yard work to home repairs and renovation projects. But by adding concrete maintenance to your annual list of chores to complete around the house, you will keep all concrete structures in good condition and prevent more expensive repairs in the future.

Driveways Require Attention

Your concrete driveway takes a beating. If any area of your property needs concrete maintenance, it’s the driveway. Your cars leak oil and other fluids on the surface. Snow and ice build up in the harsh winter months. Your driveway has to be functional, but you also want it to look good. After all, it’s one of the first areas others see — it can make or break your home’s curb appeal.

Caring for your driveway means keeping it sealed. Experts generally recommend deep-cleaning then resealing a concrete driveway once every two years, but it depends on how much use it gets, and the weather conditions in your region. You may have to pressure wash it and seal it once a year if it’s severely stained or the surface is scaling.

In general, try not to use de-icing salts on your driveway — the accelerated freeze/thaw cycle causes it to break down more quickly. Also, try to eradicate stains as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming permanent.

Seal Your Pool Deck

Concrete maintenance is vital for your pool deck. This structure supports your pool liner, plus you want it to look beautiful in the summer. It’s important to seal your pool deck regularly so it can withstand exposure to chlorine and other pool chemicals and maintain its smooth surface through every season.

Protect Your Patio

Since it’s close to your garden, your patio gets dirty. Your guests may drop a drink accidentally, staining the concrete. Think about all the foot traffic your patio gets — it’s probably more than all your other concrete surfaces combined.

Applying a durable sealant can keep your patio from showing its age, but first thoroughly sweep and pressure wash the surface. Make sure cracks and holes are filled as well. You could also paint the patio to fit into your backyard design and match your style.

Get Prompt Repairs — Call Our Team

While regular concrete maintenance is a good preventive measure, it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for any major problems. If your concrete starts to crack, sink or buckle, what should you do? Call Lift-Up Concrete, and we will come out and assess the damage. Using the time-tested repair method known as slabjacking, we can even out and restore badly damaged concrete until it looks like new. Contact us today for your free quote!