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When you’ve spent a hard-earned chuck of cash on a great looking pattern imprinted concrete driveway, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible, so you can enjoy it for years or even decades to come. There are a few simple maintenance tips to follow for success: let’s have a look shall we?
First, make sure it is sealed properly to start with, with a sealant suitable for the specific surface you’ve got. This is necessary to protect both the colour and the structural integrity. You should also ask your contractor about crack control joints before work starts – properly positioned and cut crack control joints will minimise cracking and other structural problems. These are especially important around weak points, for example when the driveway has to go around a drain or manhole.
You also need to reseal your driveway at regular intervals – this should be about every 2 to 5 years, but what’s best for you will depend on a number of aspects of the installation. Talk to us to get exact advice on what you need! We even offer a complete resealing service, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Amongst other things, regular sealing can stop unwanted plant growth – pattern imprinted concrete suffers from this a lot less than other types of ground coverage like paving, as there are no natural joints. There is still a chance however, as moss can grow into pores, and other plants can exploit weak points, which may lead to cracks. Reseal regularly to avoid such problems.
Take care also to avoid prolonged exposure of your driveway to any corrosive substances that might cause damage. Substances that you’ll be likely to find near your driveway include oil, chemical de-icers and cleaners, and grit/salt. It’s better to use sand to provide traction in winter, and to wash away any such spills.
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8th September 2011