Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Concrete Driveway

Finally, spring is here! After the long winter, you’re probably making a list of spring cleaning chores. As you plan out your tasks, don’t forget about doing a little spring cleanup on your concrete driveway as well! Pavement takes a beating over the winter, and spring is an excellent time to make repairs and do the maintenance necessary to prepare it for the rest of the year. What follows are a few spring maintenance tips for your concrete driveway.

  • Start by cleaning the surface. Make sure to sweep or blow off all debris, including leaves and twigs.
  • Remove any moss or black algae. These can not only make the surface slippery to walk on; they can also contribute to crumbling, cracking and pitting of the pavement. Use a safe, proven formula for removing algae and moss from the concrete. You can find a variety of these products in most home improvement stores. Avoid using harsh chemicals since they can damage the concrete.
  • Look for damage. Thoroughly check the entire surface for any signs of damage. Winter weather can be hard on concrete – even if you live in a warmer climate. Look for crumbling and/or small cracks in the surface. After a rainfall, check to see if there are any spots on the driveway where water collects – that will indicate an area that will be more prone to water damage. Also make note if weeds or grass are growing in seams or along the edges.
  • Have any necessary repairs done now. If you see any of the issues listed above, contact a trusted local paving contractor to have repairs made. You can attempt to fix some issues on your own – such as removing weeds or grasses that might be coming up along the seams or edges of the pavement – but repairs to crumbling and cracks, and/or leveling the surface, should be performed by pavement specialists.
  • Have the driveway seal coated. After the surface is clean and repaired, ask your paving contractor about seal coating the surface to protect it from the elements throughout the coming year. The frequency of seal coating depends on your climate, and your contractor can tell you whether or not you need it this year, as well as how often it should be done in the future.

After a long winter, most of us are more than ready to tackle our long list of household projects. Just be sure that your concrete driveway is included in that list!