When your face begins to show its age, or even before, there are many products to use to keep it looking fresh and young! The same goes for your driveway. Both asphalt and concrete driveways show their age over time, but there are steps you can take to keep them from looking old. Rockford Homes, your Columbus, Ohio home builders, takes pride in the quality of our driveways. We advise you treat them with a little tender loving care.
Concrete driveways are meant to last the life of your home. They are extremely durable and most often stand up to weather conditions. Catching cracks when they are small is a big step in maintaining the integrity of your driveway. Be sure, if needed, to use a reputable contractor that is knowledgeable and experienced.
- Exposure to severe or ongoing weather conditions, especially freezing and thawing can cause cracks.
- Cracking, discoloration, scaling (pit marks due to freezing and thawing), or settling unevenly, are issues that can happen over time.
- Pit marks can be caused when deicing materials get into cracks, allowing more water to penetrate the concrete.
- Extreme weight on the surface over time can cause sinkage.
How to Fix Them:
- On new driveways apply penetrating waterproof sealer 28 days after driveway is installed and then every few years after that.
- Resurface with a polymer overlay to cover up small cracks and flaws. They come in a variety of patterns and colors, allowing you to update or change the look of the concrete.
- Small cracks can be repaired with a few tools and concrete compound that can be found at hardware stores.
- Areas of sunken concrete can be “floated” back up to level (called slabjacking) with the help of a professional.
- If your driveway has become discolored, it can be recolored or restained.
- If the damage is too great, you might have to replace a slab or the whole driveway.
Asphalt driveways tend to need more routine maintenance than concrete driveways, but they are still durable if taken care of yearly. Staying ahead of issues will lead to a longer lifespan for the driveway. Using a reputable professional is very important, also. You wouldn’t use just anything on your face, and the same goes for your driveway!
- Cracks form allowing water and dirt into the opening, and the freezing and thawing can cause more cracks.
- Spider web cracks formed over large areas of the driveway are caused by the top layer failing.
- Using too many layers of sealers can cause cracking.
- Heavy vehicles or frost heave causes buckling or waviness.
- Fading color is caused by vehicle traffic, sun, and rain.
- Sinkage in areas may be due to the crushed stone or compacted soil that is underneath slowly eroding or settling.
How to Fix Them:
- Remove the top crack-filled layer, have it recompacted and then filled with new material.
- Patch areas with asphalt sealer as needed when cracks are very small.
- Apply an overlay to the driveway after repairing cracks.
- Apply a seal coat every 3 to 7 years. This doesn’t need to be done yearly.
- If the problem is too severe, the driveway might have to be torn up and redone.
We take care of our faces, and most of us don’t really want to look our age until we have to. The same goes for your driveway. A few patches and minor repairs now will keep driveways from showing their true age! We build amazing homes and we’d love to show you what we have available now or what we can build.