While concrete driveways and sidewalks have considerable durability, over time natural wear and tear can cause damage and cracks. Potholes may cause damage to tires or provide a dangerous tripping hazard. You may need professional cement driveway contractors to replace a driveway that has serious structural damage. But what causes concrete to deteriorate? And how can you save money with prevention?
Concrete is made up of aggregate and the binding agent cement, which makes for a strong material meant to last for years. Spalling, or slow crumbling, causes damage to the integrity of the sidewalk or driveway. Minor patching or resurfacing may deal with some issues. However, serious problems may require an entire replacement.
The Number 1 Problem: Water
Needless to say, you are probably familiar with the damage caused by water freezing and thawing continuously during the winter. Moisture trapped in the material may freeze and expand, causing further damage. More water seeps in. Then expands. The process repeats over and over again for months in regions with harsh winters. Over time the concrete crumbles, cracks, and deteriorates considerably. If not caught soon enough, costly damage incurs.
Prevent some damage by sealing and resurfacing your driveway on a regular basis. Address cracks and small holes with patching. A professional inspection will identify key points in need of repair. Larger potholes and severe structural damage may require professional resurfacing or replacement.
For homeowners in cold climates, throwing de-icing salt on the sidewalk helps prevent slips and falls. The rock salt gives guests traction. This is especially necessary if a family member is elderly or uses a cane to walk. However, the salt will damage the concrete of your sidewalk and driveway. Use alternatives like magnesium chloride or potassium chloride. These options will prevent slipping but also protect your concrete.
One of the biggest indicators of driveway and sidewalk damage involves the initial installation. A professional installer with decades of experience will know how to properly mix and lay down materials. However, many homeowners attempt to fix the sidewalks themselves. They might even try to install their own driveway. The problem? Experts know how to prevent problems from too much water in the cement and improper installation. They have the tools and cement needed for a sidewalk, walkway, or driveway to last for years to come. Improperly installed cement will simply crumble and break under pressure, leading to costly repairs and possible property damage.
Contact Epic Paving today for your driveway needs. Homeowners in the Toronto area trust our seasoned technicians to install high-quality driveways, sidewalks, and walkways. Our experienced team will repair any driveway problem, whether concrete, asphalt or interlocking pavers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and superior workmanship. Contact us today for your first consultation.