There is a reason why exposed aggregate concrete driveways is the driveway of choice for so many homeowners here in Melbourne – when properly laid by a reputable driveway professional and well maintained, they are an excellent hardwearing and durable surface that will last you and your family many years to come, and they look amazing too!
That being said, even though one of the biggest selling points of exposed aggregate concrete driveways are their easy maintenance, there are a few things you should be aware of if you want to keep your driving looking good as new for as long as possible. And it’s not just about what you do after your brand new exposed aggregate concrete driveway has been laid, but also what you do beforehand. In fact, the preparation process leading up to the actual installation of your exposed aggregate concrete driveway is very important.
Make sure you get the right professional for the job
It is absolutely essential that you use a professional, reliable driveway contractor who has experience in working with exposed aggregate projects, because laying an exposed aggregate concrete driveway isn’t necessarily the same as other concrete laying processes.
The substrate needs to be prepared properly to take the poured concrete, and it needs to be suitably adapted to the site of the driveway. A poor job will leave your driveway with water seepage and air bubbles, which could result in hairpin cracks and crevices appearing over time. Not ideal to say the least!
Make sure every step of the process is carried out carefully
This is where having a reputable and experienced concrete driveway contractor will make all the difference. With exposed aggregate concrete driveways, the concrete needs to be poured and allowed to properly set, and the surface of the driveway needs to be properly sealed. This is absolutely essential to ensure that the surface of your exposed aggregate concrete driveway is protected from staining and any external elements.
Also, as part of your maintenance, don’t forget to reseal your concrete driveway on a regular basis to keep it in tiptop condition for longer. Check with your contractor to find out what they use, and how often you will need to do this.
Make sure you keep it clean and clear
Again, even though an exposed aggregate concrete driveway will not require a lot of maintenance, it does not mean that you should leave it to fall into complete ruin. Be sure to give it a sweep from time to time, as it will need to be cleared of leaf litter and garden debris. For this, a hard bristled brush will work best to sweep up leaf mould and twigs from surrounding bushes and trees, as well as sweep up the dust and dirt accumulated from passing traffic.
Because the texture of exposed aggregate concrete means dirt, soil and sediment could get trapped in the little nooks and crannies, you will also need to give your driveway a wash every now and again. This is easily done by hosing down your driveway with cold water in a constant motion from one side to the other, thus washing out the dirt and forcing the dirty water down and away from the driveway.
Got an oil stain? Simply use an approved detergent based cleaning product as soon as you spot any marks. Your driveway contractor should also be able to advise you on this, so do contact them with any queries. This way, and with just minimal effort, you will keep the surface of your exposed aggregate concrete driveway looking great for longer!