When it comes to your driveway, we understand the importance of ensuring that it looks perfect all the time. It’s a big part of your property and when it comes to the exterior of your home it’s going to be the first thing that’s noticed, and first impressions do count for a lot.
How to care for your driveway and patio
As professional cleaners take a look at the useful information and helpful tips our team have put together to show how to sustain your driveway and patio.
Does the weather affect my drive?
Yes, during the installation process if the weather is particularly bad then the installation will have to be put on hold until it has cleared up. Maintenance of the drive and patio area will also depend on weather conditions, if they’re open to bad weather including the rain and snow, you’ll usually be given driveway maintenance guidelines by the driveway installer, they will include cleaning and applying the sealer.
Cleaning and reapplying the driveway sealer
Cleaning your driveway or patio and keeping it sealed tend to be the best measures to take to make sure it looks at its best. How often you clean and seal your driveway will depend on the weather and the amount of vehicle traffic it receives. Generally, you should reseal your driveway every two years or so, you’ll notice when it needs resealing as the finish will show wear and tear. Commercial sealant and sealers are available from driveway material suppliers and hardware stores.
Driveway sealers help to protect stain absorption, but should your driveway be exposed to oil, gasoline, grease and other spillages, it’s important to still clean these substances away. Should they discolour your drive, pressure washing, jet washing and specific cleaning solution chemicals can remove the majority of stains.
Don’t use de-icing chemicals
When it comes to using de-icers on your driveway in the winter, it can cause surface damage which is primarily from scaling and spalling, forcing the thawing and refreezing of moisture. Products which contain ammonium nitrates and sulphates are harmful because they attack the driveway chemically. Rock salt or calcium chloride do less damage but can harm vegetation and corrode metal. By avoiding the use de-icers, the first winter after driveway placement since new driveway materials are more susceptible to harmful effects of salt, as an alternative use sand for traction.
Treat with care
Whilst driveways are one of the most durable paving materials for driveway construction, the typical residential driveway isn’t designed to support heavy vehicles like vans and large construction equipment, so it’s important to bare this in mind. As well as taking care when ploughing or shovelling your driveway, avoid using metal blades that could scrap or scratch the surface.