The best attribute of a new driveway is the little maintenance and routine care it needs over its lifetime. Despite this, even concrete driveways are not truly maintenance free.
Tips On Maintaining Your New Driveway
Remove any stains as soon as possible. Treat your driveway like you anxiously treat your floors in the house. You wouldn’t leave chemicals or bottles and containers unopened nor would you leave debris on the floor of your house.
De-icing chemicals used on the driveway cause surface damage. Products with ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates are especially harmful.
If de-icing chemicals must be used, please use safer chemical alternatives such as:
Calcium chloride (CaCl2)
Sodium chloride (NaCl)
Potassium chloride (KCl)
Urea (NH2CO NH2)
Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
It’s best to avoid using de-icing chemicals on the first winter.
Careful with asphalt because it is just as susceptible to damage in the winter as it is in the summer. Don’t park on your newly laid drive for 5 days in hot weather. Don’t park on your drive for 3 days in cool weather. Don’t leave items such as BBQ’s on the asphalt in hot conditions.
Keep grass clippings off your driveway by sweeping after every time you mow the lawn. Seeds will find their way into the tiny cracks and enlarge those cracks during a sprout.
Make sure to fill in the cracks and holes to reduce the chances of weed and grass growth.
Keep objects off the surface and avoid spills. Plastic snow shovels are ideal and kitty litter, sawdust and cornmeal are great absorbent products to avoid ugly stains from drips and spills.
Remember to keep in mind how often you need to maintain your driveway will depend on how much you use it (cars parked) and the amount of pollutants in the air.