Caring for Concrete Driveways
October 6, 2020

Categories | Ready-Mix

Caring for Concrete Driveways

Installing a concrete driveway is a simple way to enhance the aesthetics and value of any home. Because of concrete’s inherent durability and strength, it outperforms alternative materials, providing homeowners with reduced life cycle costs and prolonged service lives. Whereas other driveway materials are prone to cracks, potholes, and washouts, concrete maintains its structural integrity through time and inclement weather events. To minimize maintenance and repair costs, homeowners rely on concrete to provide a cost-effective long-term solution.

When it comes to installation, professional contractors take care of the hard work. To protect this investment and ensure its longevity, the industry recommends these proper aftercare practices.

To properly care for a concrete driveway, follow these tips:

  • Keep vehicles off freshly placed concrete for at least 7 days.
  • Seal concrete after 30 days of air drying.
  • Reseal every few years, focusing on high traffic areas.
  • Use down sprouts to ensure drain water does not undermine the slab, resulting in settlement cracks.
  • Prevent snow and ice accumulation on concrete, especially for first winter
  • Never use deicing chemicals, especially first winter. Deicers containing ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride cause a chemical reaction when applied on concrete. 

The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association offers valuable technical resources for designers and contractors who provide ready-mix solutions for customers. For more information, refer to the publication titled “Caring for Concrete Driveways” on WRMCA’s website.