Spring has sprung and throughout this time you’ll likely start to notice the harsh impact winter has had on your home. The weather conditions can damage many areas of your home and winter can be particularly hard on your driveway. While plows and de-icers wear away at your driveway, freezing and thawing cycles and snowmelt can lead to the formation of deep cracks and fissures. Here are 3 signs your driveway could use Richmond Blacktop’s help.
The first and most obvious sign of damage is water pooling on your driveway’s surface. Though it may seem minor, you should reach out to a pro who can rectify this drainage issue. When melted snow fails to drain away from your driveway, there is a chance that it will seep into small cracks in your driveway’s surface and freeze. If this water freezes, it will expand and slowly break apart your driveway.
If you notice small cracks, they can be quickly repaired by a pro using a liquid crack filler. Cracks this size are usually a result of concrete shrinkage, which is common as your driveway settles and water in the concrete mixture begins to evaporate. The important thing to remember is that if these cracks aren’t properly filled or repaved, water will enter the lower layers of your driveway and cause further damage.
While small cracks are an eyesore, they usually aren’t indicative of a larger structural issue. However, if the surface of your driveway starts to resemble the texture of an alligator’s back it may be time to do work on your driveway. Alligator cracks are a sign that your driveway hasn’t been adequately protected, and indicates that the sub-layers of your driveway may no longer be able to support the surface. If left unaddressed, the networks of cracks will continue to grow, leaving potholes where pieces have chipped away. You need to hire a pro to repave your driveway before it becomes unsafe for cars and pedestrians. Concrete and asphalt driveways need to be resealed every 2 to 3 years due to climate and water damage.
If you have an asphalt driveway, you should also check for signs of raveling. Down the line, it’s possible that these ingredients will start to lose their bond. If treated by a pro right away, this problem can be quickly resolved. However, if left unaddressed, larger pieces of aggregate will come loose, breaking up the surface of your driveway entirely and allowing water to gain access to the base of your driveway. If you’re unsure how to identify this kind of damage, have a paving specialist come by to diagnose the issue and decide on the best course of action.
If you notice your asphalt or paving has been affected due to the harsh winter contact Richmond Blacktop. With asphalt driveway maintenance Vancouver, we can help you with anything from small crack repairs in your home’s driveway, to large sealcoating jobs at your company’s parking lot. Contact us to get a free estimate and get started!