Best time to cut a driveway?
Determining the best time to cut a driveway and or repair it is definitely based on the many different levels of wear and tear on an individual basis. It may seem insignificant, but “who” laid the foundation as well as the expected use of the driveway plays a major part in the lifespan of it.
Has there been more demand put on the surface than what was originally intended? Does the driveway belong to a business that has and will continue to grow? Or was it built to serve the purpose of a simple family consisting of two people originally? In either case, any additional demands placed on it can cause damage to occur much sooner than may have been anticipated.
If the individual or company that initially installed the slab or series of slabs did not take future possible use into consideration, it may be a good idea to make sure future contractors consider possible future demands.
In a situation where the pavement was installed to accommodate normal day-to-day use for small delivery trucks or simple day-to-day parking, filling cracks and crumbling areas can be expected. It is when a company or homeowner relies on the structure to support much heavier equipment than regular automobiles that damage begins to occur more often.
The above-mentioned example is just an idea of realistic driveway conditions that require attention as quickly as possible. A few of the problems that cannot be avoided over the lifetime of pavement are:
Cracks in the foundation occur over the years as the earth shifts and settles to accommodate whatever structure is placed upon it. During different times of the year extreme weather conditions can cause rapid deterioration as well. Floods and the damaging strength of heavy snowstorms contribute to a great deal of damage that occurs.
In light of what has been discussed, the best time to cut a driveway and make repairs is immediately when a problem is recognized. The longer a crack exists the quicker it will spread and become a much larger problem than it needs to be. The longer a hole exists in the pavement means the more chances water has to create a sinkhole or even worse. To compound the problem, applying continuous stress on surfaces that are suffering from these problems inevitably will become a tremendous headache for both business and residential properties.