Any kind of residential paving, from asphalt to brick pavers, can lend a clean, inviting appearance to your home. While most residential paving materials are built to last a long time, if it is consistently subjected to certain conditions, it could cause damage that may ruin the aesthetic appeal and the structural integrity of your driveway.
Here are just some of the problems that could be destroying your residential paving:
A white, powdery residue on your bricks or cement pavers could be an indication of efflorescence, which is just a formation of salt deposits on the surface as a result of excess moisture. While these deposits won’t cause any lasting damage to your driveway, it can be a bit of an eyesore.
PRO TIP: Removing efflorescence is as simple as brushing it off with a stiff-bristle brush and water. Efflorescence that has settled into the bricks for a long period of time may need a bit more heavy-duty scrubbing to remove.
Frequent traffic from heavy trucks, trailers or cars can cause a lot of damage. This constant stress can cause different types of unsightly cracks to develop, weakening the paving and reducing pavement strength, thus leading to more cracks and potholes.
The most common cause of surface pavement damage is root heave. This is triggered by tree roots that are forced to grow underneath the paving, causing the surface to lift, crack and become uneven. Before installing residential paving, it’s important to plan out the location in relation to nearby foliage.
Weed growth is a common problem that affects brick pavers, cement paving as well as asphalt. While properly installed paving is not as susceptible to weeds, it is still possible for airborne seeds to germinate in cracks and the joints between the pavers.
In addition to being unattractive and tedious to remove, weed growth can also cause damage by making cracks larger and providing more opportunities for moisture to seep in and cause additional damage.
To control weeds spray with an approved weed killer as per the instructions
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