A Welder in the Office

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Why Is Your Asphalt Driveway Cracking?

Gregory Walker

There are numerous reasons why your asphalt driveway might be cracking. If you notice any cracks in your driveway, it's imperative that you take steps to correct the issue as soon as possible. Waiting to fix the matter can cause the crack to expand and the issue to exacerbate. Here are some reasons why your driveway is cracking.

Heavy Loads

Asphalt driveways are quite resilient and they are designed to take on heavy loads. However, this does not mean that any unnecessarily heavy equipment should be placed on your asphalt's driveway. Most cars and trucks can stand on an asphalt driveway without issue, but industrial or commercial trucks and heavy machinery that weigh upwards of 10,000 lbs should not be placed on your asphalt driveway. Larger get-togethers can also place a strain on your asphalt driveway if too many people are parked on it. Keep in mind that a large pick-up truck weights approximately a ton, so no more than five should be present on your driveway at one time.

Poorly Constructed Foundation

A poorly constructed foundation can be the cause of numerous cracks popping up along the exterior of your asphalt driveway. A bad foundation means that when the foundation was poured, it was poured or constructed incorrectly. This is a fault that should lie with your asphalt contractor. A foundation that was poured in such a way that is far too porous means that moisture can seep under the asphalt, contract, and then expand, which will effectively cause the driveway to crack. Make sure that your contractor pours an adequate foundation for your driveway and never allow them to use a dirt substrate. This will inevitably lead to cracks in your asphalt driveway.

Tree Roots

When planting trees near your home, or making provisions to construct your asphalt driveway, make sure that one is not too close to the other. Tree roots can take hold underneath the foundation's substrate, which can cause tension and can even wind up pushing the substrate upwards towards the exterior of your driveway. This tension will eventually cause the surface of your driveway to crack as the substrate is pushed through the surface.

Hopefully, you now have some idea of the causes of cracks in your driveway, as well as a few ways you can take preventative measures against these issues becoming a problem. For more information, talk to a professional like Bituminous Roadways, Inc.


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A Welder in the Office

Hi, I'm Caroline. Welding has always been really fascinating to me. One day, when I was at work in my office, we had a leaky pipe in the ceiling. After calling a plumber, he called a welder who came to repair the large, open pipe. As we were all sitting there trying to work, the welder just came in and started repairing the pipe! I had never worked on a construction site before, and I probably never will. But I started thinking about what it would actually be like to work on a construction site, which led to me exploring construction themes and writing this blog!