What your driveway has in store for you come spring!

Still on the spring shtick, hoping it will arrive sooner rather than later. Spring is a beautiful time of the year! However spring can also be a bearer of bad news, due to the unfortunate effects of temperature change.

Underneath the banks of snow is the thing we used to call a driveway, made of either concrete or asphalt. These materials are affected by weather and depending on the damage, could become a serious problem for you and your vehicle!

So let’s say the snow is gone and the sun is shining, what should you inspect your driveway for and how should you treat it?

Concrete driveways

Concrete is a great looking driveway material, and has a low maintenance requirement. However, concrete is an expensive material as well, meaning if a problem occurs and is let go for a period of time, the endeavor of fixing it will grow in cost.

Cracked and crumbling concrete is no good. Water from the melting snow, or rain even can both seep below your driveway causing the ground to shift, which can lead the stress on the material and the aforementioned results.  Due to living in a climate that often drops below freezing point, this means we our more susceptible to the damage. If you see any pooling of water on the surface of your driveway, and that is left, there is a good chance of cracks occurring at that point as well.

When the weather is permitting, inspect your driveway carefully for cracks, holes or crumbling.  Be sure to check the expansion joints of your driveway as well, for this is often a location people miss and regret later on!

If your unsure of the situation of your driveway, call a professional! Generally, getting someone to just look at your driveway is free, along with the advice that follows!

If you happen across cracks, use some driveway sealing material like caulk. If you have parts of your concrete driveway that dips in, you can fix that as well with concrete re-surfacer! It is recommended to re-seal your driveway every 3 to 5 years to ensure its life span, as well as keep away damaging growths such as moss and lichen!

Asphalt

Asphalt driveways give a great smooth texture that makes your feel like your driving on a cloud. Asphalt is also durable, however, it does require regular maintenance and a watchful eye. If your asphalt develops a little crack and is let to sit, the whole driveway can fall apart after a while.

Just like concrete, asphalt is susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures and moisture. Weed encroachment, potholes, as well as cracks are a possible result. Just like concrete, make sure there are no dips in the surface that would allow water to pool. This will also result in cracks and problems!

The remedies for these issues are basically the same as concrete driveways. Fill any potholes and patch any cracks, while also filling in any dips in the surface! If you happen across weeds rising along the edges of your driveway, be sure to pull them and clean up the area with and edging tool or hoe. If there is a really invasive weed problem, consider installing rubber mulch edging around your driveway with a weed proof mat underneath. Asphalt is recommended to be re-sealed every one to three years, while also being aware of any moss and lichen to prevent them from entering between the seal-coating.

We are all excited for this gray sky to fade in wake of the shining sun, however we cant be dazzled by the light and forget to check our driveways condition!

If you have some need for a new driveway or questions, feel free to give us a call! We at Xpand are dedicated to achieving your dream home! Cracks free!

 

How to maintain that pristine concrete driveway!

Front of house

A clean, crack-free driveway is the best, it adds a strong aesthetic component when you pull up to the house that just makes you excited!

Concrete driveways, or any type of paving material for that matter, is not perfect. All paving material is susceptible to some form of damage, however, concrete is one of the easiest of the options to maintain!

So lets get into those handy dandy lists on how to preserve the life and beauty of your concrete driveway!

  • Sealant- Making sure your driveway is cleaned and the sealant is strong is a must. Weather is the determining factor for how often you need to clean and reseal your driveway, as well as the amount of vehicular traffic it endures. In the general sense, every two years or so would be a wise time to re-seal your driveway, or whenever the finish begins to show signs of wear and tear.
  • Stains- Oil, gasoline, grease, and all forms of spill and stain should be cleaned up as quick as they come. If any stains have started to set in, there will be a discoloration, which can often times be taken care of with a strong pressure washer and cleaning chemical. It is best however to not have to power wash your drive way for it can reduce the lifespan if done too often, so its best to clean up right away!
  • De-icing chemicals- Chemicals that de-ice the driveway may seem convenient however can cause some serious surface damage in the winter. The most notable forms of damage are scaling and spalling, due to the constant expansion and  contraction. Products that include ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulfates specifically have a severe effect on the driveway, by attacking the concrete chemically. The best and safest method would to be plain old sand as a form of traction on your driveway during the winters.
  • Care treatment- This last point is pretty simple. Be kind to your driveway. Typical residential driveways cant handle the pressure of huge moving vans or construction equipment, its also a good idea to avoid metals blades when shoveling or plowing, for this can scratch the surface.

Easy! Concrete will last as long as you help it! So go and ensure the safety and beauty of the concrete carpet to your home! (it’s like a red carpet, but not)

After your driveway care, why not give us a call and ask us how we can help you achieve your dream home! You already have a beautiful driveway, its time to focus on everything else!