Concrete driveways offer many benefits to homeowners, including enhanced curb appeal, better nighttime visibility, and easier snow removal. With proper installation and care, they can last 30 years or more — three times longer than most other paving materials.
Follow these guidelines to care for your concrete driveway:
- Wait at least seven days before driving or parking vehicles on freshly placed concrete.
- Seal concrete (following manufacturer’s recommendations) after 30 days of air drying to keep out moisture and contaminants.
- Consider resealing aged concrete every few years or as wear in high traffic areas begins to show.
- Use downspouts to move water to the curb to prevent drain water from undermining the slab and causing settlement cracks.
- Remove snow and ice quickly, especially during the first winter after installation.
- Never use deicing chemicals, such as ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, calcium chloride, and magnesium chloride, as they may harm concrete.
The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association provides technical resources for designers and contractors who work with ready-mix. For more information about proper maintenance of concrete driveways, refer to the Driveway Care Tips article on WRMCA’s website.