Summer Is Almost Here: Driveway Protection Tips for Summer
Most homeowners have concrete driveways because concrete is a long-lasting and durable material. However, over time and exposure to extreme temperature changes between winter and summer, your driveway can develop cracks and experience other signs of weathering.
Review these top driveway protection tips to ensure your concrete driveway is ready for the summer heat this year.
#1. Deep Clean Your Driveway
Concrete driveways have a sealant used on them. Eventually, this sealant wears off, allowing dirt, oil, leaves, and other debris to get stuck on your driveway. You might have also noticed rust stains on the driveway where metal objects were left sitting on top of the concrete.
The first step to getting your driveway ready for summer is to deep clean it using a power washer. A power washer will help remove stains, dirt, oil, leaves, and other debris. When using a power washer, just be careful not to hold the tip of the nozzle too close to the surface, as it can cause erosion.
#2. Repair Any Cracks in Your Driveway
Hot climates, like here in the Houston area, can cause small concrete cracks to expand and get worse from expansion and contraction as temperatures heat up and cool down at night. When you add in a cool summer rain shower, the cold water can create microfractures when it hits the hot concrete.
Additionally, cracks attract weeds and grass and provide an ideal place for them to grow. As they do, their roots will force the cracks to widen and expand. So, you will want to quickly resolve any cracks you notice before they become a bigger problem.
Smaller minor cracks can be easy to repair if you have the right tools, equipment, and materials. However, for larger cracks, it is often better to have them professionally repaired.
#3. Have Your Driveway Professionally Resurfaced
Another way to protect your concrete driveway from the summer heat is to have it professionally resurfaced periodically. For example, suppose you have multiple cracks and there are parts where the water is pooling on the driveway. Then professional resurfacing is highly recommended.
Resurfacing is applying a new, thin layer of concrete over the entire surface to fill in any cracks and chips. Resurfacing also helps resolve any unevenness in the driveway surface. Furthermore, resurfacing can give your driveway a “like-new” appearance.
#4. Professionally Reseal Your Driveway Every Two to Three Years
Driveway sealer is a special coating that helps protect the concrete from weathering and erosion. The sealant also makes it easier to keep your driveway clean and remove dust, sand, dirt, leaves, and other debris.
There are different types of sealants you can use to seal your driveway. As such, it is recommended to work with a professional concrete contractor to ensure your driveway is resealed using the correct sealants.
Additionally, you should seal your driveway if you had any concrete work completed, such as repairing and fixing cracks or having it resurfaced. The areas where the work was performed will not be sealed, leaving your driveway vulnerable to the summer heat.
#5. Keep Sharp Objects Away from Your Driveway
Shovels, lawn mower blades, and other such sharp objects can crack and chip your driveway. To help protect your driveway from sharp objects, you should have a gap of about six inches between your driveway and your lawn.
If the grass has grown up next to your driveway, carefully remove the excess grass so you have sufficient space where you do not have to worry about the lawnmower blade chipping or cracking your concrete driveway.
#6. Avoid Parking Vehicles Directly on the Edges
The edges of your driveway can crack and break from prolonged exposure to extreme weight from vehicles. Therefore, when parking a vehicle on your driveway, ensure that there is about a foot of space between the car and the edge of the driveway.
#7. Keep Water to a Minimum
You need to verify that water will easily flow off the driveway and into the street. Your driveway should be slightly sloped to accommodate water runoff. Furthermore, maintaining that 6-inch gap between the sides of the driveway and your lawn provides another water runoff area. Additionally, check to make sure that any downspouts from your eaves discharge water into the yard, not onto your driveway.
#8. Remove Oil and Stains as Soon as Possible
Oil and stains should be cleaned right away to prevent them from seeping through the sealant and soaking into the concrete. You can use a mild anti-grease detergent to remove oil and attempt to remove stains easily. For more difficult stains, you may need to use a scrub brush to remove them.
#9. Schedule a Concrete Driveway Inspection
If you are unsure what type of maintenance or repairs your driveway needs, you can schedule a concrete driveway inspection with a professional concrete contractor in your area. The contractor will perform a detailed inspection of the driveway to determine what services you need and provide you with a free estimate.
Concrete Driveway Services in Houston
Whether you want to have your concrete driveway professionally cleaned and sealed or it needs repairs or resurfacing, Cross Construction Services is happy to provide the concrete driveway services you require in the greater Houston area.
Our professional concrete and construction contractors will provide you with a free quote detailing every service you need for driveway protection this summer. We can even remove your existing driveway if it is beyond saving and replace it with a brand new concrete driveway.
Additionally, we can help you with other household concrete and construction services, such as enclosing patios, adding sunrooms, building pergolas, pouring concrete pool decks, and more. Please feel free to contact us at 713-254-1703 to schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss your concrete and construction project needs and obtain your free estimate.