After a severe storm strikes your area, it's important to inspect your property, including your driveway, for damage. Depending on the severity of the storm, your concrete driveway can become chipped or cracked from hail, tornado damage, or even heavy wind and rain. The team at Builder's Concrete East, located in Windham, CT, discusses how to identify storm damage on your driveway.
High winds from storms can hurl debris through the air, causing your driveway to chip, crack, or split. Even hairline cracks, scratches, and scrapes from a minor storm can reduce the lifespan of your driveway and pose a safety hazard. Tornadoes can cause the most severe damage, including breakage and other structural issues. Decorative overlay or stamped concrete is more susceptible to breakage than a standard driveway and should be carefully examined for signs of damage right after a storm strikes.
Storm damage can appear in the form of small cracks across the surface of your concrete or small divots in the material. Cracks less than a quarter-inch wide do not indicate major damage to the driveway surface and can be repaired using liquid crack fillers. However, if you have larger, deeper cracks, your driveway probably has more significant issues, and you may want to consider filing a homeowners insurance claim. After severe weather, you should take pictures of any damage you observe if you decide to file an insurance claim. You may also want to consider having a storm restoration contractor perform a full property inspection to let you know the full extent of the impact to your concrete driveway.
The team at Builder’s Concrete East has over 50 years of experience producing high-quality, ready-mix concrete. Give them a call at (860) 456-4111 to speak to a member of their dedicated team, or visit them online to learn more about their concrete products for sale.