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Why Cracks Appear In Concrete Driveway- How To Deal With It


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Concrete is a common surface material used in driveways, patios, walkways, and other areas. It has many benefits including the ability to withstand heavy wear and tear low maintenance requirements and it is affordable to install. However, like any other material it does have its drawbacks as well. One of the most common problems with concrete surfaces is cracks that appear on them over time.

Before commencing the repair, you should inspect the surrounding area and figure out what caused the break. Growing tree roots, impact damage, weight overloading, using toxic salt ice melts, and other factors can all contribute to cracks in concrete. Hence, it is vital to use a safe ice melt on concrete damage.

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Causes Of Cracks In Concrete Driveway

  • Concrete cracks are typically caused by the expansion and contraction of the concrete, resulting from temperature changes.
  • Cracks can also be caused by water trapped within the concrete, which freezes during winter months and expands when it thaws during warmer weather. This cycle causes movement in the surface of the concrete resulting in cracking or spalling (the breaking off of pieces of your driveway).
  • In addition to these two causes, there is another very important reason for cracks to appear on your driveway: incorrect mix ratios

How To Repair The Cracks 

  • Clean It First

The first step is to wash away debris, grime, mold, and even loose asphalt, which will assist the repairs in enduring as long as possible. You can remove debris with a broom or leaf blower, and you can even wash your driveway. 

  • Make Crack Sealant 

Examine the sealant’s label. Some are packaged in tubes or can be squeezed directly into them, while others must be combined with water. If you overfill a crack, let it cure before removing the excess with a scraping tool or utility knife. 

  • Allow It To Dry 

A sealant takes around 24 to 48 hours to dry. Before adding an extra layer, follow the instructions on the label. 

  • Inspect 

If necessary, apply an additional sealant to difficult places. Keep the weather in mind once more. If, after one application, you find that more serious steps are required, you may choose to patch or resurface your driveway instead. Never use ice melt on concrete damage.

Which Ice Melt Is Safe On Concrete 

Rock salt is not similar to ice melt, but it is available at a low cost and is not difficult to find at your neighborhood hardware shop. However, salt can damage the protective sealers and finishes.

Safe Thaw is one of the few ice melt products which are safe concrete, both new and old. It’s a salt-free, natural ice melt that works effectively for 72 hours. 

It has a time-released action and a Non-corrosive structure with a glycol-injected crystalline amide core. Unlike rock salt and other salt-based ice-melting products, they can melt ice to 2 degrees below zero. 

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In this article, we have discussed the causes and types of cracks in the concrete driveway and how to repair them. We hope that you now have a better understanding of this common occurrence on your driveway. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us today!

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