The most used feature of your new home that goes unnoticed most often is your driveway, a feature that requires more attention than you think!
In Edmonton, the changing of the seasons from Fall to Winter is when you need to start paying the most attention to your driveway. During the winter in Edmonton, your driveway will take all the harsh elements that mother nature will throw at it and we are here to help you keep that driveway in tip-top shape. Here are our 5 tips to help care for your driveway:
- Seal your Driveway: It is important to seal your driveway to preserve the life of your concrete. Concrete is a porous substrate that allows the transmission of vapour and water through it. As the vapour gets trapped in the pores and freezes and thaws, the expansion and contraction deteriorate the integrity of the concrete causing spalling, cracks, and damage. A sealer should be applied after its final cure(28 days) and be re-applied as instructed by the manufacturer(usually this is done annually).
- Weed Regularly: As your driveway ages, you may start to notice some weeds growing through cracks in the concrete. It is important to take care of the weeds right away as they can quickly spread and if left long enough they can cause the surface of the concrete to deteriorate.
- Prevent Oil Spills: The spilling of fuels like gasoline and oil may not have an immediate effect on your driveway but overtime spills can lead to the development of stains on your driveway.
- Do Not Use De-Icing Compounds or Ice Chippers: The use of harsh compounds such as Ice Melt can lead to irreversible damage to the surface of your driveway as well as using an ice chipper to clear ice away. A mixture of sand and gravel is recommended, as this will give traction when there is ice present!
- Shovel Your Driveway ASAP: It is very important to shovel your driveway before you drive on it. Doing this will alleviate the issue of mounding snow and ice build up making it much harder to clear the driveway completely. A clean driveway is a happy driveway!
Following these 5 tips will help ensure that your driveway lives a long and happy life!