Benefits of Concrete – how long can concrete last?
If you’re looking for a durable driveway built to last, professionally installed ready mix concrete is a great choice. Concrete is incredibly durable, looks nice, does relatively well in the heat and cold. With proper maintenance you can expect a concrete driveway, steps, garage floor, patio and sidewalk to last as long as 30 years!
Benefits of Concrete
dirt or gravel drive, and will often improve property value of a house more than it’s installation cost. Concrete requires little maintenance, and is easy to clean yourself with a power washer.
Concrete works well in larger projects, while cement is more often used in smaller jobs. One of the strongest and longest-lasting materials known to man, concrete is used to build schools, bridges, sidewalks, and countless other structures. But you don’t need a hard hat to have success with concrete.
Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material on earth. It is an important construction material used extensively in buildings, bridges, roads and dams. Its uses range from structural applications, to paviours, kerbs, pipes and drains.
Hence concrete is stronger than cement. Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and portland cement.
Benefits of Concrete – Maintaining
There are a few things to consider when maximizing the lifespan of your concrete drive. Some of these are the responsibility of a the installer of the driveway, like making sure the surface is properly prepared and shifting soil isn’t going to crack the surface of the concrete. While sealing your driveway is not strictly necessary, it will help protect the concrete against mostly cosmetic damage like oil stains, as well as structural damage from freeze-thaw cycles
Benefits of Concrete – Cleaning your concrete
keeping your drive clean is an essential part of regular maintenance, and should be done about twice a year. There are a few equally effective cleaning methods, although some might require less elbow grease than others.
A power-washer is probably the easiest method, if you can borrow or rent one, and it should take out any noticeable stains with some additional degreaser, and easily take out and discoloration from pollen or dirt.
A scrub brush, some water and detergent should do just as well for restoring the color to your driveway, but may not be able to deal with more serious stains. If you don’t have a power washer, consider using an enzymatic cleaner or dishwasher detergent to spot clean more serious stains.
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