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Top 5 causes of driveway damage

Top 5 Reasons why your concrete driveway is damaged, and you don't even know it.

Cracked and water damaged concrete driveway

Your old driveway over several years can wear down overtime and there can be serious implications that come with it. There may be cracks, surface decolourisation and many changes that can affect your overall look of your property.

At Johns Concreting Cairns, we design and install professional high quality concrete driveways in Cairns which are made to last many years. We have seen it all in our 10 years of service and have replaced, rebuilt and repaired 400+ driveways that have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons why your concrete may be damaged, and you might not even know it.

Poor Construction

It is always necessary to hire a quality concreter, especially when it is a hefty investment. The most common cause of driveway damage is poor construction. If the installation was created using shortcut techniques or using low quality materials during construction, there’s a good chance that the driveway will begin to wear, tear and have permanent damage.

Here at Johns Concreting Cairns, you have nothing to fear. We combine high quality materials with the best and latest construction and designs, so you can rest assured that your driveway will always look great for years to come.

Tree Root Growth

A few garden plants, trees and bushes can help keep a lively and beautiful looking home. However it is important to be aware how their positioning may affect your driveway. If you plant trees near it, their roots can grow into the concrete which can put a lot of pressure on the foundation of your driveway. This can lead to the development of fissures and hairline cracks that could expand if not treated properly or quickly. 

Shifting of Earth and Soil

The earth is always moving and rotating in space. Daily, we don’t notice these movements, however overtime, they can cause the dirt and soil beneath your driveway to shift. This can lead to cracks and an uneven surface in your driveway.

Excessively Heavy Loads

Concrete driveways have extremely good compressive strength and is easily capable of supporting a lot of weight, this of course does not mean they are invincible. Heavy trucks or cars can put a lot of weight and pressure on your driveway, this could cause the potential formation of breaks, potholes or cracks on the surface. These cracks can potentially become bigger and bigger overtime if not taken care of immediately.

To reduce the risk of a cracked driveway, always be mindful of the vehicles which have access to your driveway and always make sure to perform regular concrete maintenance.

Nasty Weather Conditions

Driveways are always exposed to the weather, whether you like it or not (Get it???), it is no surprise that rain, wind and even lightning can cause erosion and damage to your concrete. When there is heavy rain, pools of water and mud that are left to settle on the surface of your driveway can seep into cracks of the concrete, weakening and damaging the layers underneath. This in combination with the sun’s UV rays can widen these cracks and weaken the concrete bonds, breaking down the material and leading to cracks in the driveway. 

Applying a sealer or a quality finish to your concrete driveway can stop contaminants and chemicals from penetrating the concrete and can help extend the life of your driveway.

So there you have it, if you are noticing any signs of damage to your driveway, you can get it repaired by us or can buy a brand new concrete driveway in Cairns or in the surrounding suburbs. We are always available to take your calls. Contact us today on  0730500899 and a member of our team will contact you shortly to discuss further.

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