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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!