Certain areas of concrete repair tend to see higher demand during various seasons in a place like Utah, and a good example here is the driveway. While driveway concrete repair needs can certainly come about at any time of year, perhaps their most common season — and definitely the one where we cover the most concrete repair jobs on driveways — is the spring.
At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting, LLC, we’re happy to offer the best driveway lifting and leveling services available in any part of Utah. What can happen to concrete during the winter period, and why is spring often a time when concrete repair needs arise as a result? Here’s a primer for you to understand.
Winter and Driveway Concrete
Winter is typically the most stressful season when it comes to concrete. It’s not that concrete can’t handle cold weather — it certainly can, and in fact most concrete is designed to withstand quite low temperatures. Rather, the problem is that water can get into tiny cracks in the concrete, freeze, and then expand as it turns to ice.
This process can cause hairline cracks to become larger, and also helps to create new ones. Water can also pool on top of concrete and then freeze, causing the formation of what are called “frost heaves.” You might not think that a little bit of water could cause such havoc, but when it freezes it can create some serious issues.
The good news is that this process happens gradually, so you often have time to address driveway concrete repair needs before they become too severe. In the spring, the weather is starting to warm up and the ice and snow are starting to melt, so this is often a time when we see an uptick in repair jobs.
Other Erosion and Weathering
Here are some related issues that may crop up in your concrete driveway over the winter:
- Erosion and groundwater: If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, or if your driveway is on the lower side of a hill, you may find that it’s subject to more erosion than average. This can cause cracks and other damage over time as water washes away dirt and other materials that help to support the concrete.
- Heavy weight loads: If you have a lot of heavy traffic — for example, if you’re a business with a lot of delivery trucks coming and going — this can cause concrete to wear down more quickly.
- Salt: If your driveway is near a road that’s treated with salt in the winter, this can cause the concrete to deteriorate over time.
Quality Repair Services
If you’ve come out of the long winter and have noticed some issues with your driveway, don’t hesitate to reach out to the pros at Lift-Up Concrete Lifting. We’ll be happy to assess the damage and provide a repair solution that will have your driveway looking as good as new in no time. Contact us today for a free quote!
For more on this or any of our concrete lifting and leveling services, speak to the team at Lift-Up Concrete Lifting, LLC today.