There are a multitude of reasons a concrete driveway could start cracking and become damaged. Minor crevices and cracks are hardly worth worrying about. However, wide cracks and edges that pop out of the ground are more of a concern.
Some possible reasons that your concrete driveway is suffering from damage include protruding tree roots, eroding soil, the annoying shrink/swell cycle of clay soil, and sinkholes. It could also buckle under the pressure of a large amount of weight, especially at the corners. Not as likely, but also possible, is that the site was poorly prepared during initial construction. Any of these could cause an issue that would require a repair.
If your driveway paving is in need of a face lift it is important to understand what options are available for fixing it. If the damage is significant enough for repair, but is still fairly minor, patching might be the right option. Patching is best for cracks less than 1/4” wide. If the divide is larger or there is a deeper issue involved, patching is a temporary solution to a much bigger problem.
For larger issues, the next best repair option is to resurface the driveway. This solution involves laying a new concrete top layer onto the surface. The perks of this type of driveway repair is that the area looks brand new but the cost and depth of construction is more minimal.
If the problem can’t be resolved by resurfacing, it is time to look into replacing it entirely. Replacing a driveway can be especially vital for homeowners looking to sell their house as poor paving can be quite a turnoff to potential homebuyers.
So, how do you prevent damage to your concrete driveway? Some regular maintenance ideas include snow removal during the harsh winter months and pressure washing the area in spring. Avoid using salt in the winter, if possible, as this causes concrete breakdown. These techniques can help homeowners avoid needing a repair.
For more information about how you can protect your concrete driveway, give us a call! At Dynamic Hardscapes we’re more than happy to provide you with the best care recommendations when it comes to your property. Need a repair? Click here for a free quote.