When seasons change, so do temperatures and moisture levels. You didn’t need to come here to learn that, of course. But, maybe what is less obvious is how those changes which we take for granted can effect outdoor surfaces, specifically the driveway.
It’s during the extreme temperatures of summer, and harsh cold of winter that play havoc on these surfaces. Cracking, uneveness are the common effects. But, it’s often in the spring, and yes, the fall when the real damage is done as temperature and moisture levels shift. And it’s a good time for the job of reinforcing them. But, what really causes this damage? What can we do about it? And what tools do we use to make sure our driveway repair job is most effective?
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Well, take a look at this infographic which explains the basics and provides an effective starting point.
What else should you consider when it comes to driveway repair? Well, one thing is to find a way to more effectively deal with run-off. Just like on any surfaces, standing water can have a negative impact. So, cracks are really just a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.
Water cycle-friendly driveways
The thing to remember is that rain and snow and other moisture that has a bad effect on your driveway’s surface is forced by gravity to find the lowest place to settle. According to the water cycle, which we all learned about in elementary school science class, the best place for rain and melted snow is back into the ground to replenish the water table, not stuck on the surface of your driveway.
So with that in mind, take a look at these options for rain-friendly driveways that are lower maintenance, do what they’re supposed to do (be a stable place to drive and park on!), and are water cycle friendly, too! This is not only a strategy for a low-maintenance driveway. It also turns out to be a way to conserve water, too. Look out for an upcoming article about rain-friendly driveways on this blog, too!
What about your driveway?
What challenges do you face with a driveway cracking?
Have you ever thought of replacing your asphalt or concrete driveway with another material – brick, artificial turf, or other material?
Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.