Although, Melbourne winters are thankfully less harsh than elsewhere in the world, our cooler months do bring some harsh weather conditions that can wreak havoc on your path or driveway. In this article, we look at a few simple things you can do to help your concrete surface preserve through the winter months, and still be looking great when spring rolls around.
Clean and re-seal
One of the best preventative measures you can take to protect your driveway against the harsh weather of the winter months is to re-seal it. For best results, it pays to get the driveway professionally power cleaned and re-sealed to ensure the sealant properly adheres to the concrete.
Remove plant life
Your beautiful rose garden might not grow during the winter months but that doesn’t mean that weeds won’t. During the cooler months, weeds tend to flourish as we spend more time indoors and less time tending to our gardens. Unfortunately, once weeds take root in concrete cracks, they can exacerbate the damage and cause the crack to widen if left unchecked. A simple way to get around this is to do a weekly sweep of your drive, pulling up any greenery you happen across. It may seem like a simple, banal task, but getting into the habit of doing this helps to preserve both the appearance and function of your drive.
If your driveway is prone to ice, avoid de-icing chemicals
If you happen to live in an area prone to ice and frost, it’s important not to use any de-icing chemicals on your concrete driveway. Although they are effective at thawing ice, these chemicals will permeate the concrete seal and then go through the process of freezing and thawing which damages the concrete structure. Instead of thawing the ice, consider simply increasing the traction of your driveway by putting down sand, gravel, or even cat litter.
Avoid parking heavy vehicles on your driveway
At any time of year, it is inadvisable to leave heavy vehicles parked on your concrete for any stretch of time as the continuous weight in one area can damage the structure of the concrete. In winter, this can become a particular problem as the weight, combined with the sodden earth caused by rain can cause the concrete to move and become damaged.
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