Now that spring has finally arrived, and all the snow is melted away it is time to check your driveway for winter damage. This is because Ice and snow can cause a lot of damage. Getting repairs made quicker can help prevent problems from getting much worse. To help you, below are two problems you may find and what you can do to repair them.
Cracks can appear in a driveway during the winter due to freezing and thawing on a constant basis as the temperatures rise and fall through the winter months. When the temperatures get above freezing, snow melts. When this happens, the water will get into any small cracks you may have on the concrete. When the temperature then gets below freezing, the water in the crack will freeze and then expand. This causes the crack to also expand and get bigger. When the temperatures then get above freezing, the water will go deeper into the crack, and this will cause even more damage when the temperatures get below freezing again.
For small cracks, you can purchase a concrete crack filler at a home improvement store. First, clean any debris from the crack then squeeze the filler into the crack. Once you are finished, use a trowel to scrape over the crack to even out the filler. The filler you purchase will come with complete instructions on how to use it. When finished, make sure you let the filler completely dry before you step onto the cracked area or drive over it.
Spalling is when the damage to your concrete driveway extends deeply into the concrete slab and then exposes the concrete aggregate. This generally happens where you have cracks, at the edges of the driveway, or at any joints. This will also sometimes happen in the middle of the driveway. Spalling happens most often in driveways that were not installed properly.
If you notice this aggregate, the underlying problem on the concrete is likely severe. This is hard to detect as spalling starts out below the surface of the concrete, and by the time you notice the aggregate, the problem is severe. If you do have this only on the edge or in a small area, a concrete contractor may be able to repair this for you.
If the spalling has spread across the concrete driveway, the contractor will likely suggest that you have the driveway removed and then a new one installed.
Talk to a concrete contractor, and they can give you much more information about concrete cracks and spalling. For more information, reach out to companies like Specialty Construction Supply.