5 Ways to Prevent Your Concrete Driveway From Cracking

All of us have driven by a house that looks absolutely beautiful, except for one thing. When we look at the driveway, rather than it being paved, it is made out of gravel. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, pretty much all of us can agree that a smooth concrete driveway makes just about any house look so much more aesthetically attractive. Well, it does if the driveway is not cracked, that is.

If you have a concrete driveway and you’d like some helpful tips on the things that you can do in order to prevent it from cracking, we have provided you with five proactive things that you can do to keep it looking just the way you like it below:

Keep trees and bushes away from it. Here’s the thing about vegetation: As it relates to your driveway, it’s only going to be a matter of time before the roots start to grow underneath your drive and that can definitely lead to cracks up the road. That’s why if you have some that are close to your driveway, it’s best to have them removed. If it’s a large tree, you’ll probably have to get it professionally removed. If it’s a smaller one or some shrubs, there’s a pretty good chance that you can transplant them to another place in your yard.

Have your driveway “edged”. All driveways, if they aren’t consistently manicured, will start to get weeds developing along the sides of them which can also lead to cracks. One way to prevent that is by “edging” your driveway. This simply means pulling up the weeds that you might notice as you’re gardening or cutting your lawn.

Seal and waterproof it. Speaking of maintenance, something else that’s important to do is seal and waterproof your driveway on a consistent basis. If you choose a quality product (you can usually find some at your local home improvement store), not only will you only have to do this process about once every two years, but by applying the sealant, you can help to protect your driveway from experiencing extreme temperatures and corrosive chemicals; things that can also cause a drive to crack over time.

Maintain your water drainage systems. If you consulted with a foundation company such asĀ Shekinah Basements about the kind of preventative measures that you can take to prevent cracking, something that they would probably tell you to do is maintain your water drainage systems. That’s because if water from your gutters or downspouts gets onto your driveway, especially in freezing temperatures, that can ultimately lead to cracking too. That’s why it’s wise to inspect your gutters and other exterior areas of your home for signs of leakage.

Keep your driveway clean. Overtime, all kinds of things (branches, debris, corrosive substances) can get onto your driveway and if they are not cleaned off, they can also cause it to crack. So, while you’re out cutting your grass, planting flowers or trimming your shrubs, make a point to run a water hose over your driveway too. By just taking out 5-7 minutes to do that, you can be taking just one more step to insure that your driveway stays smooth and crack-free for years and years to come.

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