You have recently had your driveway done in concrete or you decided that your summer project was to utilize concrete to enhance the curb appeal of your yard. However, now winter is here and the concrete needs to be specially cared for to help ensure its durability for years to come. While it is estimated that your concrete driveway or corners should last around 30 years, this is dependent on you following the few recommendations for care and maintenance, especially during the winter season.
While you may have chosen concrete because there is hardly any snowfall in your area during winter, it is possible that your state can get snow during this time, as it probably did in 2010 when all 50 states had snow cover. Here are some ways to protect your concrete if this should happen.
No winter chemicals
Hopefully, you already took the time to ensure that your concrete was covered by a concrete sealer. If not, then now is the time to get it done before the real cold of this winter season kicks in, especially if you live in a warmer section of the country. If at any time during this winter, your area should get snow then do not add any salts, fertilizers, calcium chloride or any of the commercially prepared deicing chemicals on your concrete surfaces. These have been known to cause concrete surfaces to flake, spall or peel off and accelerate the damage caused by the process of freezing and thawing, especially during the first year.
In addition, you may want to wash or sweep off any salt deposits on your concrete driveway that was brought by the wheel of your vehicle from the salty slush that may have been picked up from the main road may also cause some amount of damage to the concrete as well.
Clearing winter residues
If it should snow then one of the recommended ways to provide traction for your concrete drive is to add sand to it. This not only provides traction but also gives a layer of coating from direct contact with the snow. When clearing the driveway of snow be careful with the use of spades and other metal instruments used as these can cause chips, cracks or scrapes on your concrete driveway.
Once you have safely made it through your first winter and your concrete has been allowed to properly cure and you reseal approximately every two years or when the finish starts to show signs of wear. This can cost anywhere from $0.10 to $100 per 1000 square feet depending on where in the country you are. Contact a local outlet, such as Van Doren Red-E-Mix, for further assistance.