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Significant Threats to a New Concrete Driveway

Protect Your Concrete Driveway!

One of the most versatile building materials is concrete. It may be used to construct pool decks, patios, driveways, and walkways. In fact, concrete is considered to be one of the more durable building materials available today. However, one of the more significant threats to an exposed new concrete driveway is the elements. Here are some common issues that are caused by the weather and how you can protect your concrete driveway:

Excess Moisture

Water seeping into the cracks and pouring through the joints of your concrete driveway is one of the biggest threats to its longevity. Moisture will attack the concrete, causing it to deteriorate and weaken. A good solution to this problem is to have a professional seal your driveway. Over time, the sealant will fill in the tiny cracks and reinforce the concrete. This will help to reduce the penetration of moisture and prevent water from seeping into the concrete and causing moisture-related damage.


Porosity is the key to moisture damage to your concrete. Moisture can seep into the tiny cracks in your concrete, weakening it. This is because water will seek to minimize the surface area in contact with the concrete. Water that reaches the concrete will cause the concrete to expand and put pressure on the surrounding concrete. This can result in the surrounding concrete cracking and starting a cycle of damage. To prevent this, you should coat the concrete with sealants before it starts to crack and pore. Sealants will fill in the cracks and seal the porosity.

Bending or Cracks

If the sealant is not protecting the concrete from moisture, then it will be the first thing to suffer from the effects. If the concrete is too wet, it will exude large amounts of moisture that will be absorbed into the surrounding concrete and cause it to expand and crack. This is why you should guarantee that the sealant is applied properly to the concrete and that you apply it soon after it has dried. To prevent the concrete from getting too wet, you should apply a high-water-absorbency sealant.

Watch out for these threats to keep your new concrete driveway in North Charleston, SC undamaged. If you need concrete services, know that you can always count on CMJ Concrete Contractors. For more details on how we can help, call us at (854) 204-4051.