Improving Your Hardscaping

After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

3 Reasons Your Asphalt Might Be Cracking

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Your asphalt pavement or driveway is quite resilient. Asphalt is meant to be an inexpensive alternative to other forms of pavement without sacrificing a great deal of structural integrity. But, like all things related to your home, if left uncared for, or you run into bad circumstances, it can become damaged. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of just a few reasons why your asphalt might be cracking, as well some helpful hints on how to correct this issue.

Freezing and Thawing

Variable temperatures can contribute to your asphalt driveway cracking. This is especially true when there is a quick shift from cold temperatures to hot temperatures or vice versa. If your driveway has become frozen and quickly thaws, this causes it to contract and then expand, respectively, in a relatively short period of time. This can cause your asphalt to quite literally break. During the cold winter months, apply calcium chloride to your asphalt, which will cause the ice to melt slowly, rather than allowing the sun's rays to make quick work of it.

Heavy Loads

An asphalt pavement can withstand an ample amount of weight, but you should still be well aware that pushing it above its recommended weight limit can cause it to crack or break. As a rule of thumb, it is best to never put incredibly heavy vehicles (such as semis) or heavy, load bearing objects on your pavement. The weight limit of an asphalt pavement is somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 pounds, while a standard heavy duty truck weighs approximately a ton. This means that you should have no more than five heavy trucks on your pavement at one time.

Bad Foundations

It is imperative that you use a trusted contractor when you have the foundation for your asphalt pavement poured. A poorly poured foundation can cause your asphalt pavement to crack and splinter. This usually means that the foundation was not properly packed or the groundwork was not nearly as tight as it should have been. This can lead to moisture building up beneath the asphalt and escaping by creating cracks in the asphalt. In no circumstances should you ever allow a contractor to use dirt as a substrate for your pavement. This will ultimately lead to pavement that will consistently crack and splinter.

This brief guide should have shed some light on some of the causes of cracks in your asphalt pavement.

For more information, contact a company like Asphalt Maintenance.

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16 May 2016