The Three Most Destructive Things You Should Never Expose Your Pavement To

4 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Pavement, no matter where it sits, takes a beating. To lengthen the lifespan of your pavement, there are three things you should never expose it to. It requires a more conscientious effort for pavement maintenance of this level, but it is worth it.

Car Oil

Oil and pavement do not mix. Pavement is made of concrete, which is porous. It absorbs the car oil, and the oil spreads through that area of the concrete. It leaves behind damaging and unsightly stains that are not easy to clean at all, nor can they be covered from view. Either cover your driveway with a layer of asphalt or park your vehicle in the garage without fail if you want to avoid these unsightly spots.

Salt

Salt is lethal to concrete, especially concrete that is less than a year old. In much the same way that the car oil enters the pores of the concrete, so too does the salt. The problem here is that the salt can absorb some water and then when the water freezes up again, it expands. Freezing water, as it expands, creates more cracks and acts like a natural fracking mechanism on the concrete, splitting it and sloughing it off in pieces. Avoid using salt as often as you can in winter by using an ice chisel and salt alternatives instead.

Repetitious Heavy Pounding

This could be your son on his pogo stick every day for weeks on end, or it could be the result of parking your rig in the driveway when you come home from a long haul. After awhile, the concrete just cannot take it anymore and it begins to shatter. Usually the process starts at the weakest points in your concrete driveway and sidewalk and continues cracking outward. Because the concrete was poured in in slabs, the cracking only stops when it reaches a denser area of the slab or it reaches the very edge of one slab and cannot leap across the crack to the next slab. Reduce the frequency with which extremely heavy objects or hammering objects meet your concrete, and you can prevent it from looking like a war zone.

Inheriting Poorly Maintained Concrete

If you buy a home and it comes with bad concrete, you should expect that replacing or repairing the concrete will cost you a lot of money. Poorly maintained concrete does not get better or stay the same simply because a different owner takes over the responsibilities of making it look pleasant. If you choose to buy the house and inherit the bad concrete anyway, get a professional concrete contractor, like those at Hals Construction, to fix it. Do not attempt to repair it yourself.