Though cement is more durable than most paving materials, it does require a bit of regular care to keep it looking its best. A well-cared for cement driveway can increase the monetary value of your home as well as its curb appeal. If you just put in a new cement driveway, here are a few things that you can do to keep your driveway looking as great as the day it was poured.
Things You'll Need
- Driveway sealant
- Garden hose or power washer
- Plastic shovel
- Coarse builder's sand
Wait at least a week before parking on your new cement driveway to allow the cement to properly harden.
Seal your new cement driveway with an acrylic-based copolymer or penetrating silane solution. Apply the sealant to your cement driveway according to package directions for best results. Reseal your cement driveway every two years or when the driveway's finish starts to show signs of wear.
Clean gas, oil and other stains from your cement driveway as soon as they occur. Wash away simple stains using a garden hose with a spray attachment. Use a power washer to remove stubborn stains from your cement driveway, if necessary.
Remove accumulated snow or ice from your cement driveway using a plastic shovel. Avoid using a metal shovel to when shoveling your driveway as it can scratch the surface of your cement.
Spread a thin layer of coarse builder's sand over your driveway to provide traction in the winter. Avoid using chemical deicing products which can damage your cement driveway.
Tips & Warnings
- Acrylic-based copolymer sealant products work as a protective film over the surface of your driveway while silane solution sealants actually penetrate the driveway's surface. While silane solution sealants provide the best protection, acrylic-based copolymer sealant products are usually much less expensive.
- Avoid parking commercial trucks or moving vehicles on your cement driveway. Though durable, most residential cement driveways are not designed to withstand the weight of heavy commercial vehicles.
- Photo Credit new home image by Scott Patterson from Fotolia.com
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