Concrete & Asphalt *

Driveways, walkways, sidewalks, and stoops/steps are made of concrete or asphalt materials.

Care and Maintenance Tips General Information

  • Concrete is made of natural material and color variation is normal. Color will become more uniform with age.
  • Salt and De-icing agents should not be used on your exterior concrete because they cause discoloration and pitting of the concrete.
  • Concrete will contract and expand due to changing temperatures. Minor cracks are normal and are best left alone.
  • Check your warranty manual to see the required performance standards for concrete in your area. Cracks larger than the performance standard should be reported within the first year of the warranty period and fixed with pointing or patching.
  • Because of the nature of the concrete materials, some minor low spots may occur. Low sections can be broom swept to remove water. Cracks or low spots will not affect the overall strength of the surface.

Sealing Concrete & Asphalt Surfaces

  • Seal your driveway, walkways and front stoop with a penetrating sealer approximately 30 to 45 days after installation and every 2 years thereafter.
  • Most local hardware or supply companies will have the penetrating sealer.
  • Seal all rough surfaces of your concrete including the area under your garage door. This is an area that is more susceptible to damage as salt brine gets trapped by the garage door as it drains off your vehicle.
  • To apply the sealer:
  • Step 1: Pressure wash the surface and allow time to fully dry.
  • Step 2: Apply the penetrating sealer according to the manufacturer's instructions, allowing sufficient time to dry between applications.
  • You do not need to seal your garage floor as it is a smooth surface.
  • Note: For pervious concrete and asphalt, do not seal. Sealing the drive or walkway will clog the drainage system.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.