The driveway is a crucial component of your home's exterior. When you maintain it properly, it adds to the aesthetic beauty and value of your property. A good driveway also minimizes the possibility of incidences that can damage your vehicle.
Some homeowners only think about their driveways during the installation and when the surface suffers serious damage and needs repairs. Driveways are extremely easy to maintain and repair, as long as you understand the physical signs of deterioration. Here are three signs that will help you determine when it is time to call an asphalt contractor for professional driveway repairs.
When the Driveway Develops Alligator Cracks
Alligator cracks are often the first indicator that a driveway is damaged and needs repairs. The cracks develop in a pattern that resembles the skin of an alligator. They are caused by structural weaknesses inherited from the installation. For the driveway to maintain cohesion, the materials beneath the surface should be strong and sturdy enough to hold the weight of vehicles and anything else you will place on the driveway. If the material is not strong enough, the concrete crumbles in bits and creates cracks.
When the cracks are extensive, you will have no other option than to resurface the entire area affected. With resurfacing, you get a stronger substrate material that can hold the surface together.
When the Driveway Forms Pools of Water
The other problem that can ruin a driveway extremely fast is the presence of pools of water. First, structural weaknesses with the asphalt lead to small depressions. With time, these depressions start collecting water. If the asphalt is not properly sealed, water will seep into the inner layers and cause further disintegration. With time, the small depressions will turn into potholes.
An asphalt contractor will inspect the driveway and figure out the cause of the potholes. Then, they will either patch or resurface it.
When the Edges are Crumbling
Another common problem with asphalt driveways is the crumbling of the edges. It usually happens when the curb at the edge of the driveway has weaknesses. When the edges deteriorate, they break away, leaving debris.
The best remedy is to hire an experienced contractor to remove the damaged bits and replace them with new and better-quality concrete.
Call a licensed and reputable asphalt contractor as soon as you notice problems with your pavements. They will help you figure out the best way to manage the damage and increase the lifespan of your driveways.Share
25 January 2021
After I began working with a friend of mine to beautify my yard, I realized that there was one piece of the puzzle that I seemed to be missing. My driveway and front sidewalk were in dire disrepair, and I knew that I needed to do something to make things right. I worked with a paving contractor to completely patch, refinish, and stain the pavement, and when he was done the area blended right into my design aesthetic. This blog is all about decorating your pavement by doing things like using concrete acid stain and hiring professionals to add decorative details.