By CO Hard Surfaces
Posted on 7-11-2023
A well designed and properly cared for pathway can increase the curb appeal of your home and it can make spending time in and around your yard more pleasant. That becomes less true once a pathway is in disrepair, though. So, how can you make your concrete pathways stay in tip top shape? Here are a few ways.
Applying a quality concrete sealer is one of the most important steps in protecting your concrete pathways. Sealers help prevent moisture penetration, which can lead to cracking and spalling. Choose a sealer suitable for outdoor concrete and follow the manufacturer's instructions for application.
Regular cleaning helps prevent dirt, debris, and chemicals from damaging the concrete surface. Sweep or use a leaf blower to remove loose dirt and leaves. For more stubborn stains, use a mild detergent or specially formulated concrete cleaner, followed by rinsing with water.
During winter, avoid using deicing chemicals like rock salt on concrete pathways. These chemicals can promote the breakdown of the concrete surface. Instead, use sand or non-corrosive alternatives for traction on icy surfaces.
Ensure that your concrete pathways have proper drainage to prevent water from pooling or accumulating. Standing water can penetrate the concrete, leading to erosion and damage over time. If necessary, adjust the slope or install drainage channels to redirect water away from the pathway.
Monitor your concrete pathways regularly for any cracks that may appear. Small cracks can widen over time, especially in freeze-thaw climates. Promptly repair cracks using appropriate concrete patching materials to prevent further damage.
Weed eating is for more than just aesthetics! Left unchecked, they can be a damaging force to your concrete surfaces. Therefore it is important to keep vegetation, such as grass and weeds, away from the edges of the concrete pathways. Overgrown roots can exert pressure on the concrete, leading to cracks and damage. Trim vegetation regularly and create a clear border between the pathway and surrounding greenery.
Conduct regular inspections of your concrete pathways to identify any signs of damage or deterioration. Catching problems early allows for timely repairs and maintenance, preventing them from worsening.
By following these care and maintenance practices, you can help extend the lifespan of your concrete pathways, reduce the likelihood of cracking and spalling, and keep them looking their best for years to come. If you need help sealing your concrete pathways or repairing any damaged portions, CO Hard Surfaces is a team you can trust to do the job right. Give us a call when you have concrete maintenance needs.