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3 tips for caring for walkways and driveways

Keep up the curbside appeal of your house by caring for the ground of your driveway and walkway with these tips.    1. Maintain the concrete Expansion joints let sections of concrete expand and contract in response to temperature changes. Over time, these joints can also become the primary points at which water seeps in under the cement and causes cracks and erosion. Seal any leaky joints in driveways and walkways with an epoxy joint sealant. Before applying the sealant with a caulk gun, sweep out the joint and scrub it clean. Be cautious when using de-icers containing rock salt (sodium chloride) or magnesium chloride. They’re highly effective, but also highly corrosive to asphalt, brick, and concrete surfaces — not to mention auto bodies, lawns and wood floors. New de-icing products using calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), a noncorrosive, water-soluble acid, offer a safer, equally effective alternative, though they can cost up to five times as much as salt-based products. If you stick with salt, look for a de-icer with added corrosion inhibitors. 2. Fix weeds Kill weeds or grass growing in the crevices of walkways or between patio pavers by pouring a pot of boiling water over them. You can also make an effective, all-natural weed killer by mixing 250 millimetres (one cup) of salt and five millimetres (one teaspoon) of dishwashing liquid in four litres (one gallon) of white vinegar. Pour a small amount directly on weeds to stop them in their tracks. Save noxious herbicides for serious weed invasions. 3. Spot fixes If a concrete surface isn’t cured properly, the mix contained too much water, or if it...

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 After all, how much could there be to pouring some cement, spreading it around and letting it dry into a pad that will provide decades of trouble-free use? More than meets the eye, that’s what, says Wally Rooke of the Manitoba Ready Mix Concrete Association. “If you want your driveway to stand the test of time, you’d better know what you’re doing. That applies to the builders who pour the driveways of new homes, contractors who come to re-do driveways, or private citizens who choose to pour their own,” he says. “The bottom line is whether you do it on your own or get someone to do it for you, learn how to do it right.” Darryl Rempel, sales/service manager for Northland Ready Mix Concrete, agrees, saying that builders in particular are advised to pay strict attention to detail. That’s why on this sultry July day, Remple and Rooke are putting on a demonstration for a gathering of supervisors from Qualico Homes. “It’s extremely important that builders follow the proper steps to the letter,” he says. “And there are clear steps out there to follow. Problems occur because people have their own ideas about how to do it. While what they do might work, the driveway may look fine, but it might not be up to code. That’s why the Manitoba Ready Mix Concrete Association is putting on demonstrations on how to do it properly. We want to make sure that everyone installing driveways follows all the proper steps. We want the whole industry on the same page.” Should a builder or contractor not know what the proper procedure...
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