Concrete driveways are very durable and require minimal maintenance. However, decorative concrete, such as colored or textured concrete, will need to be maintained to continue to look good for years and years.
Maintenance requirements for decorative concrete include simply cleaning the surface thoroughly once a year with a pressure washer. Then the surface should be sealed. The best way to protect your concrete from moisture penetration, freeze-thaw conditions, color fading, deicing chemicals and abrasion, etc is to seal your driveway periodically.
It is best to discuss what type of sealer to use with your concrete contractor. Some contractors offer routine maintenance schedules to care for your concrete. This is beneficial so that the maintenance of your concrete will automatically be taken care of, which reduces the risks of you forgetting or avoiding the process. You can apply a sealer to maintain your driveway yourself. You can use the list of decorative concrete contractors at ConcreteNetwork.com to find a local contractor to ask about the proper sealer products and techniques for your area.
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