As you know, over time all driveways no matter what they are built from will start to show signs of deterioration. And with the amount of heavy traffic they take, there’s no wonder, like anything, its life. 

Your driveway is a bit like the centrepiece of your home, you want it to stand out and look it’s best, so keeping it in tip-top shape is a must.

 

We pride ourselves on being a quality business that offers the best concrete driveways as well as other concrete solutions in and around the Central Coast. So when it comes time to either replace your driveway or build a new one, we can definitely help. Having said that, we are here to go through the most common causes of why you might have a damaged driveway. Although you might not be able to avoid them, it’s good to know and in some cases, they can be prevented.

 

Excessively Heavy Loads

If your driveway is built right, and yes, that’s what we are all about here. A well-designed concrete driveway will have the ability to support heavy loads over a long period of time. In saying that, a good example is a heavy truck, over time that may have a damaging effect on your driveway, if it wasn’t designed for extremely heavy traffic. The standard car is ok.  if your using a heavy vehicle on an ongoing basis, that’s a good way to damage your driveway, before you know it cracks may start to appear. 

 

The one-off would be fine but not all the time. It’s just good to be aware of this. The last thing you’d want to happen is your driveway to be cracked. It would be an expensive exercise to fix as you cannot just take out a piece and repair it.

 

Weather Conditions

Even though I’ve added this, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid, given that most of the time your driveway is exposed to some sort of weather. An example of this would be a pool of water settles on your driveway and over time the water will seep into the surface causing damage to the underlying areas. On the other hand, the sun can over time cause heat issues. In extreme heat, the concrete can expand. Not ideal but again very hard to avoid.

One thing you can do to help prolong the life of your driveway is to make sure when you get your driveway done, finish the process with a good sealer. It’s something we totally recommend on all our concrete driveways. It’s like most things, build a quality product and it will last longer than just doing an average job.

 

Poor Construction

This leads us to poor construction. This would have to be one of the most common causes of deterioration in any concrete jobs. Always make sure your Central coast concreter knows what he or she is doing. Concreting can be an expensive project, and having a poor quality job can come back to haunt you. There are always guidelines you need to stick to when it comes to concreting, I’m referring to the thickness of the concrete. So if you happen to get a few quotes for the same work your getting done and one looks a lot better than the others, make sure they are a quality concreter or landscaper. There are some out there that won’t be held accountable one the job is completed. 

 

At Rcd Concreting And Landscaping, we only use the highest quality of materials along with the highest standard possible. Meaning we will always follow the correct guidelines and never try to cut corners. 

We rely on our providing a professional service,  and the best way to do that is to give the client the highest possible quality of work and finished product, whether that’s a small concrete path a concrete slab or a concrete driveway, the standard is the same.

 

Shifting of Earth and Soil

This can be a tough one as you really have no control over what nature can do. You can structure the concrete in a way that you can lower the prevention of movement, but ultimately the earth will have it say.  

A way around this is if you live on a sloping block a retaining wall will help to provide stability to the surrounding areas.

The earth is constantly moving and shifting, and these movements are unnoticeable, but over time they can cause the soil beneath your driveway to shift slightly, which can lead to unevenness and cracks in your driveway.

 

Tree Root Growth

 

Whenever you’re looking to lay concrete, it’s a good idea to check out what types of trees are in the area. As overtime, the roots of the trees can actually cause a lot of damage by working their way beneath the driveway and over the years will begin to get bigger and start to have an impact on the concrete. We are all for trees, just make sure they won’t cause damage in the long run and having an understanding of what trees could cause long term damage is important. 

If you’re looking for professional Central Coast Concreting team. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist with your new concreting project.