Winter days are here, and you might be fussing over your outdoor space and your driveway. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, they say. But you can’t be that jolly once you know that your driveway’s concrete surface is a problem. As the cold weather is here, you ought to be prepared. You might be considering replacing or repairing your driveway.
There are numerous pros and cons to each option, and our third item on this post is sure to add an aesthetic visual appeal to your surface. Decide which option if perfect for you so that you’ll be able to go through the Holiday Bliss worry and problem-free.
The temperature’s freeze-thaw cycles and its regular use can slowly erodes your driveway and causes small cracks on the surface. Cracks that are less than a quarter inch wide can be repaired with a liquid crack-filler. But cracks more than a quarter inch wide might need repairs and indicate a more troubling problem. A temporary solution can be undertaken by filling these cracks. However, water can still settle inside (going in between the old and new material) and the cracking begins once again. Repairs can definitely fix your cracks in a short term perspective, but it also sacrifices quality and visual appeal. As cheap as it may be, expenses about this might pile up and give you not that big of a deal.
Driveways that are over 25 years old are sure candidates for replacement. Apart from its old age, cracks are unavoidable. Some factors that contribute to this are improper installations, growing tree roots and (we recommend that you find a better alternative from this) using salt as a de-icer. The improper driveway installation is the most common cause of cracks on your concrete surface. Doing it yourself is not advisable as it will only worsen the condition of a cracked driveway. Hire a professional to do the replacement. These people are sure to install it properly, by having a tightly packed crushed stone over an aggregate base before topping with asphalt or concrete. Growing tree roots are pressure monsters. As the pressure build under your surface, the driveway will crack. The best way for this is to install a root barrier system on your driveways sidelines. When it comes to using salt for de-icing, it’s better to use sand on a snowy driveway as salt as a de-icer seeps the water directly into the paved surface and results into a crack.
This option is probably the most efficient and cost-effective. Concrete resurfacing is a process where we apply a thin layer of cement-based material directly to the existing concrete surface. You’ll be able to save money, resources and minimize the disposal of materials. If your driveway has no foundation issues, and want to have a driveway that looks really good without the pricey cost, concrete resurfacing is the perfect option for you. There are many decorative options that include concrete stamping, staining, texturing and a whole lot more. Colors, patterns and finishes can be customized according to your preferences that blend in perfectly with certain decorative elements of your home. You can choose from brick, stone, tile, flagstone and so much more.
A cracked driveway can be a minor and major predicament. Don’t waste your time this holiday season trying to figure out ways on how to fix it. With these three ways, you’re well on your way to a stress and worry-free season. Consider these things to find out which one is best for your concrete driveway. These can improve your driveway’s look and increase its safety. As the cold weather sets in, enhance your driveway’s appearance and give a great first impression to your guests as they walk through a welcoming path this holiday season.