How to maintain an exposed aggregate driveway

The sophistication of exposed aggregate driveways is unparalleled. It’s one of the most popular concrete driveway options for both residential and commercial properties . But as lovely as it is, cleaning exposed aggregate driveways can be a little daunting given its texture and mixture of colours. No matter how much you take care of your driveway or patio, these surfaces will always receive the brunt of various daily external factors such as the weight of vehicles or exposure to the elements with our fluctuating climate. Exposed aggregate is the type of decorative concrete finish created by removing the top layer of the cement mix to reveal the aggregate underneath. This reveals that fancy speckled look. It is a sought-after material especially in properties because it doesn’t only boast of its aesthetic appeal, but is trusted for its traction and durability.

How do you get the best out of your exposed aggregate driveway? By maintaining it regularly. Professional Northern Beaches Concreters offer practical solutions to keep your maintenance concerns at bay. Keep reading to discover what it takes to protect and maintain your exposed aggregate driveway.

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Regular cleaning 

When we deal with exposed aggregate finishes, regular cleaning should be the top priority. Cleaning your driveway doesn’t have to take a long time or a lot of resources. We recommend using tools like a leaf blower and high pressure hose to clean away debris before it becomes widespread build up of dirt and grime, by using tools like these instead of a broom and regular hose, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

For trickier stains such as oil, grease, or tyre marks from the family vehicle, it will take more than sweeping. If these marks are left unnoticed for a long time, say 6-10 months, it will be harder to get rid of them. One way to go about removing these stains is to make a solution and put it on the affected area, usually made from a strong detergent or baking soda and water, that you need to let it sit for an hour or so after brushing it vigorously, then wash it off and repeat if necessary. Another alternative secret weapon is to use a strong pressure washer with hot water and a commercial-grade degreaser to make your driveway spotless again.

Be mindful of the weight on your driveway 

The heavier and busier the traffic on your driveway is, the more your driveway is prone to deteriorating. Keep in mind your vehicle weights—as much as possible, keep large trucks away from residential driveways because they are not designed to carry such weight. However, if you own commercial heavier vehicles such as trucks, consult your concrete contractor about the type or standard of aggregate fit for your property that will meet your needs and be durable.

Repair cracks early 

Don’t take early warning signs for granted. If you start noticing small cracks anywhere on your driveway during your cleaning sessions or when you pass by, being proactive will save you a lot of money in the long run. These tiny cracks can be cleaned and patched with a fresh top coat that needs sealing and curing for about 24-48 hours, and voila, your driveway is ready for vehicles again. 

Addressing these cracks early is advantageous. Ensure that your drainage system is sufficient and properly working to prevent cracks due to flooding or pooling of water as a result of inadequate drainage. Take note of trees or plants with deep roots growing around the area. Their roots could go underneath the slab and can cause bigger cracks in the future. If they can be replanted in a safer spot further from your driveway, then go for it. Cracks on your slab could get wider as more water continues to seep in. Sealing the spots is a wise early move. Exposed aggregate should be sealed to protect it from visible wear and tear, stains, and dirt. This should be done every few years for optimum results.

Not sure about DIY sealing? Talk to a concreter to address your concerns and observations regarding your driveway or patio. 

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Conclusion

Classy, durable and aesthetically versatile. That’s how people would first describe exposed aggregate finish, whether it’s on a driveway or a patio. But there are some limitations to this sought-after material. No matter how exquisite and classy the exposed aggregate finish is, just like other concrete finishes, it is prone to vulnerability, especially when not maintained. 

With proper TLC and maintenance, you’ll be getting more than what you have invested for your exposed aggregate driveway. The benefits of shifting to exposed aggregate outweigh the worries in other concrete finishes. Our team of concreters delivers various solutions for concrete resurfacing, concrete slabs, exposed aggregates, driveway concreting, and more. From the initial quote to the labour itself, and aftercare, we guarantee that investing in your exposed aggregate is the best move for your property. 

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