Cracks in the driveway can detract from your property’s curb appeal, making the surface seem worn and allowing space for weeds to grow. To prevent damage, you’ll need to target the root of the problem. The below guide explains some of the common culprits behind cracking as well as tips to help you avoid the need for a full driveway replacement.
4 Common Causes of Asphalt Cracks
1. Improper Installation
Asphalt paving requires a solid base material. Without the proper amount of support, it’s only a matter of time until the driveway begins to crumble. If the base isn’t strong enough, you’ll have to either continue to fill potholes or schedule a driveway replacement. However, you can avoid this issue by verifying that your contractors are reputable and experienced before the project begins.
2. Tree Roots
Tree roots are known to grow up to 20 feet out from their base. This means that any nearby structures are susceptible to damage. Cutting the roots off at the source is the best way to prevent damage. It redirects the tree’s nutrients to other parts of the root system and helps preserve the condition of the driveway.
3. De-Icing Products
Products that are made to de-ice surfaces can also increase the possibility of cracks. The harsh chemicals will weaken the surface and allow moisture to seep into the material. Opt to use sand instead of de-icers to protect the asphalt and prevent the need for a future driveway replacement.
4. Excess Weight
Whether it’s part of your business or a temporary rental, parking heavy equipment on a driveway can quickly decrease its longevity. Asphalt is made to withstand only so much weight and can begin to show signs of cracking if the machinery is left in one place for too long. Finding another area to store the equipment will maintain the driveway’s appearance for years to come. If this is not an option, vary your parking space daily to reduce damage.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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