The lifespan of a concrete driveway depends on a few factors: type of pavement; where it's located; how much traffic there is on the driveway; whether it has been sealed correctly; and how well it was constructed in the first place. The best way to ensure that your concrete driveway will last for decades is to keep up with regular maintenance after installation.
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Let's talk about what concrete is made of—and why it lasts so long. Concrete is made from cement, sand, and gravel (or rocks), which are all chemically combined in a process called hydration. This process creates a durable substance that can last for decades if properly maintained. Concrete has a life expectancy of 20-30 years, depending on the climate where it's installed.
PRO TIP: If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or snow, you might need to do more work to keep your driveway looking good.
Concrete is one of the most durable materials that you can use for your driveway, but it's not indestructible. Over time, concrete will require maintenance to keep it looking good and working properly. Here are some tips for ensuring that your concrete driveway lasts as long as possible:
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1) Clean the Driveway Regularly
Concrete has a lot of pores in it, which means that dirt and debris can easily get trapped inside them. This will make your driveway look dingy and dirty even if you vacuum or sweep regularly. If you want to keep your driveway looking great, be sure to clean it with a professional pressure washer at least once a year. Just make sure that you always use high-quality cleaners so that your driveway doesn't get damaged!
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2.) Seal the surface once a year
This will prevent water from seeping into the pores of the concrete and causing damage over time. There are many different types of sealants available; choose one that's appropriate for your climate and environment.
Pro Tip: Use a backpack sprayer for quick and easy sealant application
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3.) Avoid using salt or other chemicals
Don't use excess amounts of salt or other chemicals on the surface of your driveway unless necessary. These substances can cause deterioration over time by breaking down their surfaces and making them more porous than before.
Ensure to keep a regular maintenance schedule for your driveway. As well as follow these three tips to maximize its lifespan and avoid needing to replace it.