As the weather begins to get colder, it is crucial that you take the proper measures to protect your home – the interior as well as the exterior. This includes driveway cracks. Driveways are typically made out of asphalt or concrete, both of which are susceptible to cracking during the winter, which can not only impact the home’s curb appeal but can also lead to structural integrity problems and expensive repairs.
How to Prevent Cracks in Your Driveway
- Routine Maintenance – Like many other features, the driveway requires routine maintenance in order to remain in tip-top shape. Stains need to be addressed immediately. Cat litter is often a cheap, effective way of cleaning up gas, oil or paint stains.
- Proper Drainage – It is important that there is never freestanding puddles on the driveway, as this can be absorbed into the driveway. If this happens, it will lead to unnecessary cracks over time. Therefore, there needs to be adequate drainage system or slope to ensure that water is properly drained away from the driveway when it rains or sprayed down with a garden hose.
- Sealers – Applying a sealant to the driveway can help protect it from cracks by repelling water, in addition to improving its appearance by resisting oil stains and will even help extend its overall life. Sealers can be sprayed or rolled on after the driveway has been thoroughly cleaned, and the sealant should be reapplied every 2-4 years, depending on the local climate.
What to Do After Cracks Occur in Your Driveway
If there are already cracks in your driveway, then it is important that you get them repaired as soon as possible. This is true even if you notice just a hairline crack in the driveway. These will eventually turn into larger cracks. It is much easier to take care of them when they are smaller and have not caused much damage. In some cases, you can get crack filler for hairline cracks at your local department store and fix them yourself or a concrete or asphalt patch product for larger cracks. Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable, a professional can provide assistance.
To learn more about why your driveway cracks in cold weather or to simply schedule at at-home consultation, give us a call today at Home Maintenance Masonry LLC at 1-800-301-9317.