If you have a concrete driveway, you may need repairs now, or in years to come. Here are some signs that your concrete is in need of repair.
- One tell tale sign that your pavement is in need of repair is the appearance of cracks on the surface. This can be caused by changes in the underlying soil due to weather, as rain followed by long periods of dry weather can cause expanding and contracting of the earth. Sealing cracks in concrete is possible, and something I will touch on in a bit.
- Another sign is pooling of water in certain places. This can be caused by a drainage problem that could need to be addressed. This excess water can lead to additional damage if the problem is not taken care of. Weather proof coating is available for concrete and is something you should take advantage of after leveling to make sure the material stays in good condition. Keep in mind that the coating itself isn’t a one and done deal, and will have to be reapplied every so many years, depending on the climate you live in.
- The signs of aging concrete can appear all together; cracks, potholes with pooling water, and additional unevenness, can all point to your drive needing repair. A combination of any of the above means it’s time to get on the ball if you want to prevent any more severe damage.
- Sealcoating can give new life to your concrete or asphalt drive. Adding a dark sheen, this can make the structure look brand new, and fix any minor cracks and weathering issues.
- It can also help guard against water penetration and ultraviolet damage. The coating fills gaps in the surface, this reduces the underneath material’s exposure to oxidation and UV radiation, and can extend the lifespan. This sealing also helps prevent excess water from penetrating the concrete below, which can help stop more cracks from forming in the future due to water expansion and contraction.
- Sealcoating can also make it easier to maintain and clean overall. The now smooth surface makes sweeping, shoveling, or hosing down easier than if there were cracks and dips.
- Speaking of hosing down, sealcoating can also protect the surface from pressure washing. It resists damage from the the high velocity water spray, and cleaning agents that are commonly used, meaning you can hose and go without worry.
- This coating is also resistant to damage from gasoline leaks. If you’ve ever noticed gas leaks under your car, you may know the corrosive damage it can do to concrete. A sealcoating is not only resistant to this, but it makes for easier clean up of the spill.
- Sealcoating can also make the pavement more flexible, so that it can withstand a higher level of traffic, and while this may not be an important quality for driveways, it is still worth mentioning. As the sun is absorbed by the dark colored coating, it becomes more pliable, meaning less cracks and damage from constant use.
If you’re concrete is looking worn down, consider seeking repair as soon as possible to help extend the life of the pavement, and guard against extra damages.
Sealing Concrete Cracks
If cracks are just beginning to spring up in you pavement, conder the benefits of sealcoating.
This is probably the most commonly used method for crack sealing both among the residential and commercial industries. The benefits are definitely something worth considering if your driveway or parking area is becoming worn down from time.