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Why did my concrete driveway crack?
Last Updated: 22nd June, 2020
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Thereof, is it normal for a concrete driveway to crack?
Cracking is a normal occurrence when it comes to concrete driveways unless it's excessive and it happens very soon after installation. Cracks will need to be sealed to prevent further damage which is part of the ongoing maintenance of a concrete driveway that will need to be performed on a regular basis.
One may also ask, how do I keep my concrete driveway from cracking? A homeowner can help prevent cracking, scaling, crazing and pitting by yearly applying a good acrylic silicone solvent-based sealer to their concrete. A concrete contractor can also repair cracks with an epoxy injection, dry packing or routing and sealing techniques to stabilize the cracks.
In this way, what causes concrete driveway cracks?
Concrete driveways can crack for many reasons. Repeated freezing and thawing, heavy loads, tree roots and even shifts in the ground can cause damage. When you learn how to repair cracks in a concrete driveway, you may be able to stop them before they lead to bigger problems.
Are hairline cracks in new concrete normal?
Because concrete is a very rigid material, this shrinking creates stress on the concrete slab. Especially in hot weather, shrinkage cracks can occur as early as a few hours after the slab has been poured and finished. Often, plastic shrinkage cracks are only a hairline in width and are barely visible.