Driveway Repair Manchester
Cracking in driveways is a normal occurrence given the fact that the
surface is exposed to the elements 365 days a year. Eventually those
elements, plants and dirt all combine to start small breaks and make
them bigger over time.
Before getting started, a project is
helped tremendously by understanding as best as possible what has caused
the crack. If the issue is a tree root, for example, crack repair won't
stop the cause pushing up on the cement. If, on the other hand, the
crack is caused by separation of the cement integrity itself, then the
repair can get started without other steps involved.
crack repair can involve a number of different tools, it's a good idea
to prepare a number of items ahead of time before getting started. This
includes wearing clothes that can get stained, basic tools such as a
wire brush and hammer and chisel, a water source from a hose, and eye
Ideally, repair involves cleaning out the
damaged area so that new filler can adhere completely and seal up the
gap that has been created over time. Using a wire brush, most residue
and dirt can be forced out and cleared from the crack. If the crack has
jagged bits or small, stubborn pieces, then a hammer and chisel can be
used to remove them. A final cleaning should be applied with hose water,
washing out any remaining material.
The size of the crack will
usually dictate the type of filler used. Small cracks can be treated
with basic caulk or sealer or, in the case of pavers, liquid grout. Once
pushed in and spread, the filler seals the gap and will provide a
durable protection for years. It's also good to use a trowel to press
the filler in and wipe off excess material. Because different products
have different curing times, it's important to follow the particular
instructions provided for application and drying before the driveway is
Large cracks require a bit more work. Cracks with a
gap of ½ inch or more should be considered for routing out where the
crack is widened to make sure the bottom is not bigger than the visible
top of the crack. Doing so can take some manual work with a chisel and
hammer or a hammer drill for larger jobs.
With the crack
completely exposed and cleaned, a number of materials can be used to
fill the gap. In some cases additional cement will work. In others, a
faster approach can be concrete grout, vinyl concrete patch, or textured
caulk. Again, in each case the filler used has specific applications and
drying times that have to be followed. Just like with small cracks, the
use of a trowel makes the job more precise and easier.
If you are
seeing cracks in your driveway and are concerned that they are getting
worse then give Driveways Manchester a call. We’ll be happy to inspect
the problems and advise the best plan of action to tackle the issues. We
offer a FREE no obligation quote to ensure that you are in good hands.