If you ask homeowners in Denver, CO to list some of their most frustrating home repair issues, driveway cracks will definitely make that list.
Every concrete driveway is susceptible to it, although there are some preventative measures you can take that may help ward off this type of problem.
What causes cracks
Driveway cracks are caused by several things, including but not limited to heavyweight, tree roots and freezing and thawing cycles that take place during the winter.
If you’re a homeowner who has an affinity for putting rock salt on your driveway after an ice storm—you may want to step away from that bag.
Why? Because rock salt helps to facilitate the freeze and thaw cycle. When the ice and snow begin to thaw, this will cause water to seep into the crevices in your concrete. Yet later in the day, when the driveway starts to freeze again, the water that seeped in will expand.
When this type of cycle happens over and over and over again, it can lead to cracks in your driveway.
The same holds true for the warmest days of the summer. As the sun heats the concrete it will begin to expand—but it will contract as soon as the temperature begins to cool.
Prevention is key
If you’re guilty of using rock salt, that’s OK. There are other options you can deploy.
Sand is an excellent option for helping provide traction for your tires after snow and ice storms. It will also help mitigate the types of problems your driveway will endure when you use rock salt.
Second, you can also help prevent cracks by having a driveway repair company apply a high-quality acrylic silicone solvent-based sealant to the concrete on an annual basis.
If you have one or more large trees on your property, it may be worth speaking with an expert to determine whether root growth may be placing your driveway at risk. Remember- it’s always easiest to deal with a problem before it becomes a problem!
Lastly, don’t park the heaviest of vehicles on your driveway. If you have questions about your driveway’s load capacity, it’s always best to err on the side of caution until you can determine the answer.
Have questions? Call Atencio’s Construction and Landscape today
Driveway cracks can be a pain to deal with. The good news is that if you’re wary about trying to repair them on your own (or you’d rather not try to attempt it), there is another way.
When you work with our company you can rest easy that you’re hiring driveway repair experts that are intimately familiar with the types of things that cause driveway cracks in Denver, CO.
We pride ourselves on providing honest, high-quality service at a fair price.
For more information on how to prevent driveway cracks, or if you have questions about how to determine the load capacity of your driveway, we can help.
Call Atencio’s Construction and Landscape today at 303-657-5921 to speak directly with a driveway repair expert in Denver.
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