Walkways, Patios and Driveways
Cement and Concrete
Although concrete gets the lion's share of traffic around most homes, brick and stone are often used in lieu of or in addition to concrete for paths, patios, and walkways. Because they are similar in composition, the materials and techniques that are used to clean one can be used to clean and preserve the others.
Keeping your driveway surface clean makes the concrete look better and does wonders to improve the curb appeal of your home. By keeping your concrete clean, you also significantly reduce the risk of falls.
Patching Cracking Concrete
Repairing cracks and holes in concrete prevents water damage and improves safety. These can allow water to travel into areas where it isn't invited -- like a crawlspace of your basement, which can wreak havoc. Furthermore, cracks, potholes, and uneven concrete are notorious causes of nasty falls.
Patching crumbling concrete steps enhances the appearance and safety of your home, all for a fraction of the cost of new stairs. And the best part is that it's a task that most do-it-yourselfers can handle with ease.
Concrete is quite porous and acts like a sponge. When temperatures drop and concrete is wet, it can freeze, causing cracking and spalling or chipping. You can minimize this damage by periodically sealing the concrete with an acrylic or silicone-based concrete and masonry sealer.
Polishing Concrete with Paint
Paint remains a popular finish for concrete porches, patios, paths, garages, carports, and basements. Here are suggestions for preparing the surface and choosing the right paint.
Reinforced brick is structural, and stone is primarily decorative. But when it comes to cleaning, repairing and sealing, the techniques and materials used for brick and stone are the same.