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Driveways Care and Maintenance

Concrete driveways, sidewalks and garage floors can be damaged using deicers containing salt. Street snow removal efforts often incorporate the use of deicers containing salt. Snow clinging to the underside of cars can melt and result in the salt contents damaging the concrete surface. Parking on the driveway or garage floor during these conditions should be avoided.

Lawn and garden fertilizers can also contain salts which will damage concrete. Always sweep fertilizer from concrete surfaces before it becomes wet.

Concrete Driveway Maintenance Suggestions

• Select and apply a driveway sealer, following manufacturer's recommendations
• For initial treatment, refer to your home-builder for recommendations.
• For future treatments, use water repellent/sealer containing a minimum of:
20% silane/siloxane solids (Penetrating Water Repellent) or a 25% high quality
acrylic solids (Surface Sealer) or equivalent.
• Refrain from using deicers on the driveway during the first year.
(Sand should be used for slip resistance.)
• Never use products containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate as a deicer.
(Commonly found in many fertilizers)

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