Preparing Concrete Driveways for Winter
Ontarians love the winter, but we know that it takes a toll on most parts of our homes, including our concrete driveways. A well-constructed concrete driveway is an investment. Properly installed and taken care of, it can last upwards of 30 years. So, if you have a concrete driveway in the Hamilton area, we at Pro Pavement Services would like to tell you about some handy tips for preparing your concrete driveway for the coming winter.
The first step to preparing for the winter is to thoroughly inspect what needs to be done. Any damage that has occurred during the summer should be noted and any changes to the arrangement of your yard should be taken into account. For protecting your driveway, you should particularly note:
- Whether you’ve planted any new trees or bushes near the driveway. As vegetation grows, the roots may extend and damage your driveway from underneath. They may have to be moved.
- If any cracks have begun to form in your driveway. Concrete driveways are tough. In Hamilton, however, changes in seasonal temperatures will cause concrete to expand and contract. This may cause cracks in the surface of the driveway.
- Whether your gutters are properly maintained. Standing water can be disastrous for concrete driveways. Be sure your gutters are in proper order and your driveway drains correctly to prevent pooling water.
- If you have the correct tools and de-icers for the winter. Never use de-icers that have ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate in them as these chemicals can damage concrete. Sand works much better for skid-resistance. Similarly, be sure any snow blowers are properly calibrated for your driveway. They may damage your concrete if the blades are too close to the ground.
Repair If NecessaryOnce you’ve inspected your driveway and the area around it, you should quickly repair any cracks or other potential problems. If left unattended, cracks will worsen once the structure of the concrete has been compromised. Many people choose to protect their concrete with sealer, which needs to be reapplied periodically. This will further ensure that your driveway remains protected and continues to contribute to your home’s curb appeal. After your driveway is protected, you just need to maintain it in the winter months by keeping it clear of snow and water, and by not parking vehicles on it that are heavier than the concrete can support.
If you have any questions about your concrete driveway or think you might need some help, contact us today. Pro Pavement Services has employed expert concrete contractors in the Hamilton area since 1978. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and understand that customers come first.