No one wants that sinking feeling. The one when you realize that your state of the art driveway has begun to sink in the middle.
When this sad sagging occurs, it is best that you leave it all up to the professionals, to resurrect your collapsed asphalt.
The bespoke services of a premium asphalt paving company can take care of the entire service for you.
There are several reasons that a driveway can sink.
Drainage issues, whether the soil has been wrongly compacted, not enough gravel or problems with the sealcoat.
This is not a comprehensive list, but just the starting point for any driveway paving contractor attempting to diagnose the problem.
Generally speaking, if your driveway is getting that sinking feeling, then it is because of a problem with what lies beneath – its foundations.
A professional premium asphalt contractor will be well versed in spotting these problems and will know what they are looking at. Deciphering the difference between a smaller problem or a more serious one can be difficult for a homeowner to undertake and we would always advocate calling a professional in if you notice any of these things.
Tire prints in your asphalt paving are a sign that all is not well in your driveway.
Basically, they mean whoever installed your driveway initially did not make a very good job of it.
If you ever see a tire print in your asphalt driveway, it needs some serious and urgent attention!
TILTING AND HEAVING
If you ever see the signs of either tilting or heaving, then this demonstrates that there is an underlying issue with the draining system underneath the driveway.
Before a repair can even be attempted, this needs rectifying immediately.
A sinkhole happens when the foundations that are underneath your asphalt driveway have either settled or got washed away. When this occurs, the asphalt tilts itself into a hole.
When this happens repeatedly, the asphalt eventually cracks and becomes a sinkhole.
If it is only small, a sinkhole might be repaired by a straightforward patch remedy. This is something that is relatively easy for a professional asphalt paving company to undertake for you.
However, when the driveway is full of them, or they are especially larger, it means that the base of the driveway has serious structural problems.
When that occurs, this needs to be comprehensively repaired, from scratch.
A pothole happens when a bit of the asphalt becomes broken or begins to crumble.
If these are only quite small, for example no more than a few inches across in width, then they can be repaired without much ado.
Premium driveways require a five star treatment and any contractor you hire should be prepared to pull out all the stops.
A cold patch mix may be applied to the smaller pothole, although there are other options for bigger holes.
When the problem becomes more severe, then the contractor will probably tackle it with the necessary equipment to put it right.
Check that whoever you’re hiring has the most up to date and highest quality machinery possible in their arsenal.
Ultimately though, the most important factor in rectifying a pothole is speed. Catch it quickly enough and it won’t get worse!
Alligator cracks are so called, because they resemble the scales on an alligator. They may also look a bit like a spider’s web.
If you spot these in your driveway, don’t delay in calling the experts in.
Allowing alligator cracks to take hold is the slippery slope to a pothole -which can ultimately lead to your driveway sinking!
Fortunately, alligator cracks are not difficult to treat. It can be done by hand, for smaller cracks and a crack compound will be applied.
When all is done, your contractor should then apply a sealcoat as a measure of defense against future cracking.
But you don’t need to spend your time worrying about your driveway sinking. By hiring Ed Finch to maintain your property, we will take care of any problems that we find – and it’s all part of the service!