A cracked concrete driveway, patio, or sidewalk can be an eyesore, and the problem will only continue to worsen as water penetrates the surface. For that reason, it’s always better to prevent common causes of cracking to ensure your hardscape continues to look great. Below is everything you need to know to tackle the job yourself.
How to Prevent Your Concrete From Cracking
1. Pay Attention to PSI
Concrete surfaces can withstand only so much force until they begin to break down. Parking heavy machinery on top of your driveway or building on a weak foundation will cause stress cracks, so pay attention to the PSI.
Concrete products are rated by how much weight each square inch can support. For example, home foundations require at least 2,500 PSI to support homes. If you’re adding a concrete driveway, make sure you choose a product that can handle between 3,000 and 4,000 PSI.
2. Sealcoat & Address Standing Water
Water will inevitably weaken and erode concrete. Poorly poured surfaces may catch and pool water if they aren’t level, so resurface your concrete driveway if this is an issue.
You can also combat water damage in the future by sealcoating your driveway. Additive-based coatings keep water out and should be applied every few years to prevent issues. A sealcoat will also protect your driveway from ice during freeze/thaw cycles.
3. Keep the Soil Stable
When the soil under your concrete driveway or hardscape is oversaturated, it'll begin to shift. Concrete isn’t flexible enough to handle this movement, so it'll split as the ground beneath is drawn apart.
Prevent soil oversaturation by properly draining around your driveway. You may need to carve out an irrigation trench to divert water or reduce grades near the driveway, so water flows in the opposite direction.
For the best results, always purchase your products from a reliable concrete supplier. Builder’s Concrete East has been in business for over 50 years and supplies customers of all sizes in the Windham, CT, area. Whether you’re building a concrete driveway or a large commercial hardscape, they’ll provide quality products to get the job done. Call (860) 456-4111 to place an order, or visit their website to learn more about their products.