If you live in an area that experiences long, cold winters, you’re familiar with things like potholes, warped sidewalks and driveway cracks. When water freezes it expands, and ice can cause breakage in even the toughest surface.
Though we recommend leaving the potholes to your city’s maintenance team to fix, touching up your own driveway is an easy DIY project that will keep your home looking tidy year-round.
Not all cracks are created equal, so it’s important to understand which areas to patch and when. Typically, hairline cracks smaller than 1/4-inch don’t indicate underlying damage. But as water gets into them and freezes and thaws repeatedly, the cracks can get bigger. Deep cracks more than 1/4-inch wide are usually an indicator of bigger problems and any fixes would be temporary. You may want to call a professional for these.
However, it’s easy enough to touch up the small cracks in your driveway. We recommend following these four, easy steps:
Remember: small cracks aren’t indicative of major damage and can be easily patched on your own. But patches are temporary, so you’ll want to keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t grow. Any bigger issues, like cracks larger than 1/4-inch, sinking or structural damage should be left to the professionals. These may require resurfacing or even replacing the driveway altogether.