Cracked Asphalt And Winter: Why Your Driveway Might Not Survive Until Spring

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If your asphalt driveway has a few cracks or imperfections in it, you may think that it can last through the winter, or at least until next spring. But even the small imperfections in your driveway can lead to unforeseen problems later on. Here are reasons why your driveway might not last until spring.

How Can a Few Cracks Damage Your Driveway?

The few cracks in your driveway are more than just minor cosmetic imperfections you can ignore or put off treating. The water from melting snow and ice can slip through the tiny cracks and disrupt the soil below your driveway. Once the water refreezes below ground, it can cause your driveway to heave upward. The movement is called frost heave.

Frost heave occurs when water soaked soil freezes. The frozen water creates unique formations called ice lenses. Ice lenses can increase in size if additional water soaks into the ground and freezes on them. The expanding ice lenses can eventually cause your driveway to lift up in areas. Once the ice melts, your driveway will shift out of place or buckle.

Unless you seal your cracked driveway, frost heave will continue to affect it every year. A paving contractor can help you do the job properly.

How Do You Keep Your Driveway Intact?

A paving contractor will check your driveway carefully before they attempt to seal it. If your driveway is extremely buckled or uneven, a contractor may redo it. Even if a contractor cleans and seals your driveway's cracks, it may still fail later on. 

If your driveway isn't severely damaged by frost heave, a contractor will fill the cracks for you. A contractor may also coat the surface of the driveway with a sealant material. The material not only revives your driveway, it can help prevent new cracks from forming on its surface.

You can keep your freshly repaired asphalt driveway free of cracks by having it cleaned and sealed every few years. A paving contractor may also inspect your driveway from signs of frost heave, hairline cracks, and unevenness. If something does show up during the inspection, a contractor will promptly address it. 

Also, try to avoid parking heavy trucks and construction vehicles on your driveway. The vehicles' weight may cause cracks to form in your driveway.

You can find additional information about frost heave and how it affects your driveway by contacting a paving service, like Northern Asphalt LLC, today.

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24 October 2018

All About Building a Home

Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.