Your driveway is one of the most critical but also underrated parts of your home. You can easily take it for granted because it’s always there and always sturdy. However, once the cracks begin to show, you’ll realize how much you need to have your driveway in good condition at all times.
Maintaining your driveway also means keeping your safety and the maintenance of your car. A poorly maintained driveway may lead to unwanted accidents.
What causes driveway damage? Exposure to extreme weather conditions can cause cracks in the concrete. Likewise, constant exposure to water will also form unwanted cracks in the pavement of your driveway. To avoid this, a sound expansion joint is necessary to keep the concrete in place and prevent cracking.
Here’s what you need to do when your driveway starts to show cracks:
Clean it out
The first thing you’ll want before replacing the concrete driveway joint filler is to clean it out thoroughly. Use a screwdriver first to take out any remnants of the old joint filler or anything else in between the cracks. Then sweep it up to avoid having them fall back in the breaks right away. This is a great way to ensure that the cracks are adequately cleaned out before filling it up again.
Fill it in
Naturally, the next thing to do is to fill in the cracks with a new concrete driveway joint filler. Preferably, this should be an expansion joint that fills in all the cracks and doesn’t weather away when exposed to extreme conditions. This is a great way to ensure a more durable driveway.
Make sure it’s sealed
Finally, once you’ve put the new expansion joint, you’ll need to make sure that it’s properly sealed. Avoid any problems with open cracks by inspecting each of your newly sealed fissures and making sure that they’ve been adequately filled up.