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Why Does My Driveway Crack?

Why Does My Driveway Crack?

Have you found yourself wondering “why does my driveway crack?”. If you have lots of cracks in your driveway then this may be due to many reasons. In this article, you will read about the 5 major reasons why your driveway has cracked and how you can prevent it. We hope you enjoy your read!

Heavy Loads

Why does my driveway crack? If you are driving a large vehicle that has a heavy load of more than 10,000 pounds (4,536kg) then it is very likely that this will do serious damage to your driveway. A heavy load may cause your driveway to crack which when the weather turns colder will lead to easy entry points for snow melt off and salt.

Improper Foundations

We know that when you choose a driveway company their reputation, craftsmanship, price, and testimonials are all massive in helping you decide which company is the one for you. But when contractors are in a hurry they often make mistakes and they may not pack down the base as tightly as they should do. If they are trying to save money then they may even use dirt or sand which fluctuate a lot with temperatures and this will cause cracking in your driveway. Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything that can fix this apart from a complete reinstallation of the driveway.

Tree Roots

Tree roots will expand underneath your driveway to the point that they will press against the subbase. The pressure that this creates is exerted that will eventually be relieved by cracking on the surface of the driveway. If your driveway is thicker then there is less chance of this happening as it will resist the root pressure. But the best way that you can prevent this from happening is by putting in a tree root barrier along the two sides of the driveway.

Sharp Objects

If there are sharp objects on the driveway then this can start to cause big damage to the driveway. For example, studded winter tyres, snow shovels, snowblower blades and other objects can tear small chunks of material out of rubber driveways. This can also cause concrete driveways to crack and chip. The best way to prevent this is to use plastic tools when you can in order to make sure that you don’t crack the driveway yourself.

Freezing & Thawing

Whenever snow or ice comes into contact with your driveway, you will find that it will seep down into after it has melted away. As it remains cold this will then refreeze and expand once the temperature drops again, causing your driveway to crack. A good way that you can try and prevent this is by using rock salt which will help to exacerbate this problem by infiltrating the surface and attracting water.?By?sealing your driveway, less water and salt will penetrate it, and you will preserve it for additional years.

We hope you enjoyed this article on why does my driveway crack. If you would like to hire a reputable driveway company based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire then be sure to get in touch with us via our contact form!

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Recent Customer Reviews

Ted did an amazing job on our driveway, steps and front. From the minute he came to quote us (turning up at the arranged time and giving us a quote straight away), he has been honest and helpful, giving us different options to suit our price range and what we needed.Ted and his team arranged the time and date to do the work, arrived on time and did the work so quickly and to the highest standard. As we were at work while the work was being done, Ted communicated with us throughout the process sending us photos and calling to confirm after we'd finished working that we were satisfied with the progress. The job Ted and his team had to do was huge and they were finished after a day and a half of work. After the job, our outside was left spotless. Ted then came that evening to check we were satisfied with everything and to talk us through the maintenence we could do to keep the drive looking good.As well as this, Ted did my mum and dad's front and steps around 2 years ago. They had the same, positive experience as we did and their front looks as good as when it was first put down, showing that Ted and his team do a job that lasts the test of time.Thanks so much to Ted and his team!
Anne-Marie Moruzzi
Anne-Marie Moruzzi
20:11 21 May 24
From the beginning of our garden renovation until the very end I cannot stress enough how professional Maughan Construction have been. Their work ethic and commitment is second to non. They are professional in all aspects and take so much pride in the work undertaken. We are so extremely happy with our finished result and will enjoy our garden for many years to come. Thanks to Ted and his team, its been a pleasure
Nicola Eardley
Nicola Eardley
15:56 16 May 24
Ted and his team are brilliant at what they do. They all worked so hard all day long and were so well organised. Even our neighbour commented how hard and quickly they all worked.We are so pleased with our fab new drive and would not hesitate to recommend Maughan Construction. We chose Ted because his reviews were excellent, he is very competitively priced and uses quality materials. Ted goes on a bit but that is because he is so keen to do a job that customers love. He helped us out with other stuff that wasn’t quoted for and also didn’t charge extra for stuff like a manhole cover etc. Thank you Ted and your team.
Anita Shaughnessy
Anita Shaughnessy
18:52 13 May 24
When I say Ted went above and beyond I actually mean it.After MUCH research we had three quotes for our driveway, all of similar values but Ted just stood out from the rest. No dazzling showy sales pitch, just an honest man giving an honest quote explaining in detail the work needed to be carried out.Ted is a perfectionist and it truly shows in his workmanship and the people he employs. Ted went out of his way to borrow ladders from my dad in order to secure our roof guttering thus preventing water leaking onto our driveway when it needed to set. A extra job he personally didn’t need to provide and one he didn’t charge me for.Ted purchased tarmac out of his own pocket to make the transition from the pavement to the driveway seamless. Again no extra charge.Ted even brought fresh new soil to create a boarder along the side of the hedge to neaten everything up. Like I said - a perfectionist!This job was completed in one day. The team worked like trojans, arrived early and tidied up after themselves every step of the way. I was able to carry on working from home completely undisturbed!Ted and his team have done an absolutely INCREDIBLE job and there is absolutely no hesitation in giving this EXCELLENT review and you can see why he is the highest reviewed and regarded company around.There really isn’t any need to research other companies. Read Teds reviews. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Isabella Angotti
Isabella Angotti
16:04 23 Apr 24
Excellent job all done in one day great team of men highly recommended.
Keith Tomkinson
Keith Tomkinson
15:44 18 Apr 24
Ted and the team from Maughan Construction have just completed my new driveway. From initial contact to completion i have found Ted and the team to be professional, hard working and knowledgeable. Ted is more than happy to discuss individual requirements, offer advice as to which type of driveway may suit better and is keen to ensure that the whole customer experience is second to none. Having researched prior to me contacting Maughan construction i was in no doubt as to choosing them as my preferred contractor, the decision was absolutely correct. I would highly recommend Ted and the team from Maughan Construction to family , friends and colleagues. Thank you Ted, excellent work, quick, very competitive and precise.....
Phil stubbs
Phil stubbs
14:23 11 Apr 24
Fab job done this week on our drive and patio very good tidy workers and very efficient would highly recommend Maugham construction 5* service from start to finish
julie leaney
julie leaney
20:19 06 Apr 24
Our sincere thanks to Ted and all his team. What a great job they have done! They worked extremely hard over the two days doing our driveway and patio. Every little detail is taken into account and it shows how much pride they have in all that they do. Nothing is too much trouble. Ted goes above and beyond to please his customers, explaining everything he does along the way. Well done! You will be highly recommended by us to others.
Karlos Svensson
Karlos Svensson
14:54 30 Mar 24
Thank you very much Ted for a lovely job and coming when said I would recommend.
Dawn Smith
Dawn Smith
14:34 20 Mar 24
Called Ted up and within a week Jim and his crew all showed bright and early , and completed our driveway to a top-tier standard… would highly recommend to anybody else..
Georgie Cairns
Georgie Cairns
11:36 06 Mar 24
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