Having a well-constructed and properly designed driveway is the best way to improve and increase the function of a house. But like any other parts of the house, after years of service the driveway will give into wear and damage whether it is made from concrete, gravel, asphalt or bricks. At some point repairs will become necessary to prevent minor damage from becoming major issues and cause distress to the homeowner. A homeowner must regularly inspect the driveway for any signs of wear and tear such as crack, potholes and uneven surfaces. Potholes and uneven surfaces can cause accidents such as falls and slips. These accidents can be fatal or cause severe injuries. Even vehicles are not safe. If a vehicle frequently passes a deep pothole, it can damage its suspension in the long run. By becoming familiar with how driveway damage occurs and how repairs can be made, homeowners can usually keep routine wear and tear from becoming severe structural damage which requires drastic measures like a total driveway reconstruction by a driveway installer.
In almost every case, driveway damage occurs from weather related causes. Water can get under the driveway. This can be rain, snowmelt, or even run-off from the home or other buildings. The weather turns cold and the water which had been sitting harmlessly under the solid driveway surface freezes. When it freezes, it expands a lot. The solid surface of the driveway can’t expand to allow room for the frozen water, so the driveway cracks. This crack may not be big and sometimes barely visible but it allows more water to enter below the driveway. Water again freezes, creating more cracks and increasing the damage. If it is left unchecked, the cracks will expand resulting to potholes and other visible driveway damage. At this point, the damage is too severe to fix and would require professional help from the local driveway installer. Repairing a driveway can be expensive depending on the extent of the damage. If the damage is too great, then the driveway installer will have to destroy the entire driveway and create a new one. This remedy would be even more costly.