Concrete has long been one of the most popular material choices in the construction industry. Concrete has a wide range of applications, and is highly customizable, durable, low-maintenance and affordable, but its appearance may begin to suffer after years of wear. Although concrete offers many benefits, you need to understand what concrete is and figure out if it’s the right material for your needs before you decide to install a concrete driveway.
Looking for information about concrete in Santa Rosa, CA? Read on for tips for protecting your investment and increasing its lifespan!
The lifespan of concrete
On average, a properly installed concrete driveway that receives regular routine maintenance can last up to 20 or even 30 years. How long it’ll last also depends on a few other factors, including the stability of the sub-grade, the driveway’s drainage setup and the climate where you live. Between your own diligence and the help of a trusted professional concrete contractor, you can rest assured you’ve done everything possible to extend the life of your driveway.
Tips to help concrete last longer
Your concrete driveway can look beautiful and continue performing phenomenally for years to come. Here are some tips to help it do just that:
- Protect it against the elements: The elements that come with seasonal changes can do a number on your concrete surfaces. Protect concrete against elements like rain and moisture, and snow and de-icing salts if you live where the temperature drops significantly in the winter. Freezing and thawing can also take a toll on concrete. We mention this because concrete is naturally porous, meaning it absorbs liquids. If the water inside concrete freezes, the material will expand, then contract when thawed, leading to cracks.
- Clean up chemical and fluid spills: Just like water and other environmental moisture, any other fluids that spill on concrete can get absorbed. The most common chemical spills come from vehicles that park on concrete surfaces. Fluid leaks like motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid can stain concrete, and the longer it sits on the surface, the more it’ll seep into the surface and the greater the possibility of ugly stains will be.
- Use concrete sealers: Another way to help your concrete last longer is to seal it. As we’ve mentioned above, rain, fluids and other types of moisture are easily absorbed into concrete. The best way to combat this type of damage is to consider a concrete sealer to protect it from moisture penetration, staining, damage from chemicals and harsh weather. Sealers can also enhance the color and create a nice shine over the top. How do you know you need a concrete sealer? Simply pour a cup of water on it and see if it soaks in or rolls off.
As simple as concrete in Santa Rosa, CA may seem, it takes a professional with experience to install it correctly. Here at Sikes Asphalt Group Inc., we are ready to take on both residential and commercial concrete projects of all types and sizes. We do driveways, walkways, foundations, garage pads, retaining walls, sidewalks, parking lots and more. Call us today to learn more about our services!
Categorised in: Concrete
This post was written by writer