Four tips for maintaining driveways, paving and concreted outdoor areas

21 December 2015

Most people use paving for its low-maintenance properties, but to maintain paving requires specific tools. Talisman Hire advises its tool rental services for this specific purpose. Similarly, concreted outdoor areas and driveways are equally low-maintenance and people love them for those same qualities. Ensuring your outdoor areas look as good as new can take some work, but it is well worth the effort.

Here are four tips for maintaining your driveway, paving and concreted areas:

  1. Clean often

For a paved area, cleaning it with a brush and soapy water regularly is often all it takes to get it shiny and new again. For a concrete area, you’ll need to power wash it with a high pressure washer.

  1. Reseal concrete

Even though concrete is durable and low-maintenance, it still needs to be resealed every two years or so. Its wear-and-tear is also dependant on the amount of foot and vehicle traffic it gets and what type of weather it is exposed to. The harsher the weather, the sooner you need to reseal.

  1. Sweep

Sweeping a paved patio or a concrete driveway often will not only get rid of dirt and debris, but will also stop any weeds in their tracks and prevent moss from accumulating too. If absolutely necessary, you can also use a weed killer but be careful if you have pets or small children.

  1. Maintain joints

Sometimes weeds can grow in open joints and it’s best to keep on top of this and remove them as soon as they appear. Fill any gaps in between paving with the correct filler, depending on the type of paving you have. In a concrete driveway, it’s essential to repair any cracks as soon as they appear with a concrete repair product. If you don’t, you may be faced with the costly job of having to resurface the whole area.

For advice on maintenance and the correct tools, contact Talisman Hire today.