The colder weather is already creeping into many of the northern regions of the United States. These colder temps are causing many homeowners to begin asking the same question: “Do I need to work on my concrete driveway before Winter?”. The truth is you might need to! These are the damage signs to be wary of suggestions to keep your concrete driveway as healthy and durable as possible.
In order to properly assess the damage of a concrete driveway there are a few key warning signs that every homeowner should keep an eye out for. The most obvious, and most worrisome, are cracks in the concrete. If you do have cracks, take the time to measure how long they are and analyze how deep the crack runs. If it’s a short and shallow crack you might be able to get away with leaving it until next year.
The general rule of thumb here is if the crack is more than two inches deep, it needs to be replaced as quickly as possible. However, the crack will have to be addressed eventually. Small cracks will always grow larger if they’re given the time.
Cracks in concrete can easily expand and deepen if you use chemicals to decide your driveway during the winter. If the crack is already substantial, melting snow water can seep in and will continue to cause damage as that water refreezes and expands.
Divots are another common type of damage that concrete driveways are prone to. These usually display as a sunken area of the driveway. Divots are a sign that the subgrade of the concrete was either not prepared properly or has been damaged. These divots can become a major problem during the winter as the weight of snow and ice can easily cause the concrete to sink even further, which can result in catastrophic damage to the concrete.
It can be difficult to decide whether to repair or replace damage to your concrete driveway. If you have the means, it’s always beneficial to repair damages as quickly as possible. It’s also worth considering the age of your driveway. If the concrete is already decades old, it might be time to consider completely replacing it. If it’s fairly new, repairing it is usually the best choice.
Of course when it comes to concrete it’s always worth consulting with a professional. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.