Have you ever thought of the value of your driveway? Day to day, your driveway is one of the most neglected parts of the home, knowing it is also one of the most used, despite the number of cars you have.
Yes, it is a part of your property that doesn’t get much attention but is highly valuable to your home’s curb appeal. Why?
Because it is the first thing people will notice from street view and when visitors come by. That’s why a tarnished driveway due to wear and tear is not appealing and will affect the value of your property.
Common driveway damage is when slits of cracks are getting apparent. These cracks, when unkempt, will grow into bigger damage over time and will become potholes. And like a domino effect, these holes will damage your car’s tires, exhaust, and suspension.
Driving over bumpy surfaces many times a day will cause more trouble to your car and the driveway.
How can you prevent this from happening? Why is your driveway an important part of your daily living?
Common Causes of Driveway Damage
Before making a move to fix your driveway, it is better to know the causes why it is prone to getting potholes and cracks.
Heavy foot and vehicle traffic
Driveway builts have a certain weight capacity, the same as when you pass through roads, highways, and bridges. Since your driveway is for local use, it has a certain limit and thickness. Heavy vehicles aren’t allowed to put too much stress on the surface as they could damage the integrity of the foundation. Most driveways have shallow concrete layers, and what’s beneath is not designed to bear heavier vehicles.
Water pooling on potholes can seep into the bedrock of the driveway and will cause soil shifting. When the soil is softened by flooding due to drainage problems during heavy rains, it will cause the driveway to sink.
Use of chemical substances for de-icing
We know how useless a driveway is when it is full of snow, and it takes time to melt that all away. To speed up the melting, people use rock salt unknowing that this process causes the corrosion of the top layer of the driveway surface. Sometimes, chemicals are used for melting, which is more dangerous than when shovelled. The remaining chemicals will freeze again and when melt will seep into the ground.
Growth of tree on the driveway edge
There is nothing wrong with planting a tree. But make sure that there are no trees near the driveway because the roots will unearth the soil and cause big cracks on the surface. Plant bush or plants that do not grow big roots.
Weather is a natural phenomenon that you have no control of. What you have is control over your driveway by conducting yearly maintenance. We know that the driveway is vulnerable to extreme temperatures, not to mention natural disasters like earthquakes.
A severely damaged driveway is an eyesore and will decrease its functionality. Sometimes, poor installation is a major cause of damage. That is why it is important to hire reputable driveway fitters and licensed contractors for installation service.
In the meantime, you can do the following:
- Seal the cracks.
- Throw away broken slabs and have them replaced with a new one.
- For bigger damage, it is better to have a new installation or makeover.
For a driveway makeover, Bristol Driveway and Patio Pro are the ones to trust. We have the skilled people and the correct equipment to do the job. And we also tie up with construction supply companies to ensure that we don’t run out of materials.
Given the advancement of labour techniques, driveway installation takes faster than you could ever imagine. It can be done in a day given that all necessary documents have been processed.
Book your next repair with us or request a no-obligation quote on a new driveway project.
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