To avoid the need for driveway repairs that might not easily fit into your budget, you need to take some precautions to keep your driveway in good condition. And it’s easy enough to make that happen: All you have to do is follow a few simple steps that will keep your driveway in tip-top condition for years to come.
Since the biggest contributor to driveway wear is cracking, you’ll want to prevent cracks from occurring. A great way to prevent cracks is to get routine sealings for your driveway. A layer of sealant can prevent water and ice from penetrating your concrete, helping to stave off cracks.
Address Cracks When They Manage to Occur
Of course, even with that level of care, you might experience cracks in your driveway at some point. Should this happen, though, you don’t need to lose heart. After all, you can prevent further damage by filling in those cracks. Just remove loose debris, apply a crack filler, let it set up, and your driveway will be as good as new.
Park Away from Edges
The edges of your driveway are the most pressure sensitive areas of it. So, if heavy pressure bears down on your driveway’s edges for very long, cracks and other breakages are likely to occur. To avoid these cracks, be sure to park as far from the edges as possible and to instruct guests to do the same.
Remove Oil Stains ASAP
Because car troubles (minor and major) are all but inevitable, stains from their fluids are all but inevitable. And when those stains appear on your driveway, you’ll want to get them addressed sooner rather than later. After all, those stains can penetrate and soften your concrete, so once you notice them, get them removed with a chemical solution.