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Why do driveways crack?
Last Updated: 21st March, 2020
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Also, are driveway cracks normal?
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.
Also, why does concrete crack and how can the cracks be prevented? Reduce Water Content in Concrete: A low water cement ratio will affect the quality of concrete. Shrinkage is the main cause of cracks, when concrete hardens it evaporates the excess water and thus shrinks, so lesser the water content, lesser is the shrinkage. Cracking shrinkage in slabs is ½ inch per 100 ft.
One may also ask, how do I stop my 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.
Can cracks in concrete driveways be repaired?
Fortunately, filling cracks in a concrete driveway is a simple and relatively inexpensive DIY project. A cracking driveway looks unsightly to potential buyers. Cracks can usually be filled and repaired if the rest of the driveway is in good shape and it was installed properly in the first place.