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Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.

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Why Asphalt Cracks, And How To Stop It From Happening

by Nicholas Jenkins

You may have noticed that some cracks have started to show up on your driveway. While asphalt cracking can occur naturally, it can also occur if the driveway is installed incorrectly, or due to deicing products. Keep reading to learn how these cracks happen, and what you can do to stop it.

Why Asphalt Cracks Occur

The main cause of cracking in asphalt is due to bleed water, or excess water, that is not properly dealt with during the construction process. When asphalt is prepared and poured, the bleed water will rise in the mixture until it reaches the top, then evaporate. If surface aggregate materials (such as gravel and sand) were poured over the bleed water too soon, evaporation will not occur. This will cause the surface of the asphalt to become weak and will easily cause cracks.

Cracks can also occur due to sun exposure. This is because the heat can be very harmful to asphalt and cause the surface layer of asphalt to soften. Parking your car on top of soft asphalt will cause the surface to deteriorate.

Unfortunately, the only way to prevent this type of damage from happening is through proper construction. If you are unfamiliar with the process, and did not hire a trusted professional, it can be difficult to tell if it's been installed correctly.

How Deicing Products Cause Damage

If you do have an asphalt driveway, try to stay away from using deicing products in the cold winter weather, as the chemicals these products contain can cause damage. Calcium chloride is the main ingredient that causes trouble, as it doesn't react well when used on asphalt driveways due to the sand and gravel in the asphalt. Even though deicing chemicals assist with keeping your driveway safe throughout the winter, it will create damage in the process that needs to be repaired.

An alternative to using a chemical deicing product is to use sand. The main risk of using sand on your asphalt is how it can cause discoloration if left on for an extended period of time. This can be avoided if you clean off the sand afterwards. Sand will help provide traction when walking on the asphalt to keep you safe.

When cracking does occur, you will need to hire a professional, such as Stripe A Lot, that specializes in asphalt crack repair. They will be able to get your driveway looking great once again after only a few hours. 

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